George F. Will made an interesting comment on "This Week" with Stephanapoulis on Sunday. He said the the "average" voter is not capable of distinguishing between the "War on Terror" and the "War on Iraq". Because most people are so ignorant about US foreign policy (my interpretation of his words) they equate both "wars" with "trouble" or "danger".
I think he has a good point. That, then would seem to explain why Kerry is getting hammered in the polls right now. If you believe that Iraq and Al Qaeda are one and the same then Kerry's position must look very wobbly indeed. Statements like "the President botched the War on Terror by invading Iraq" become completely illogical and confusing.
Of course, Kerry isn't even saying that (or so it seems) - people keep quoting him as saying that he would have voted for authorizing the President's war on Iraq even though he knew there were no WMDs. That's a very dangerous quote, and he's getting a lot of heat for it. And rightly so - it doesn't make any sense.
Here's a piece that has some good points - both candidates don't seem to be leveling with the American people. Bush in particular, I would say.
WorkingForChange-A nation afraid of its people