In my column of January 11, I quoted David Gregory of NBC asking President Bush why he thought his poll numbers were so low. And then wrote:
Let’s imagine that President Bush could have answered that question the way it deserved.
“Oh, I don’t know, Stretch. I suppose when the greatest image- and opinion-making machine the world has ever seen devotes five years to making me look bad, it might have some effect.”
Contrast that treatment to the ongoing media love affair with Bill Clinton, and you have a 30 point difference.
Back in the Clinton wars, I used to think regularly, “Any time now, the whole American people will know that the media just lies.” Well, more of them know that than used to. But a lot of them still don’t.
And Jed, as you’ve said so well, Bush makes his case very badly — and very seldom.