Link Some random thoughts on the results: Though encouraging, I'm surprised that the spread between those who'd vote for Bush and those who'd vote for a Democrat is only 16%. I'm genuinely puzzled why 10% of the public would suddenly start feeling that the Iraq war is justifiable again. What's different between the way people felt a month ago and now? Have we suddenly discovered some WMD? Once again we see proof that the U.S. is actually a rather liberal nation (its voting habits notwithstanding). Once again people support Democratic policies and issues. On the subject of fighting terrorism: if this is the Democrats' one weak spot, then it tells us that the next Democratic president (whenever that is) not only has to be tough on terrorists, but he'll have to thump his chest a lot to make sure everyone knows it. Hey, why not? Democrats have already reclaimed the issue of fiscal responsibility from the Republicans; why not defense, too? Finally, I have to take any poll like this with a grain of salt. The "guy" running against Bush in this poll is a generic Democrat who hasn't been smeared by the Karl Rove and the neocon goon squad. Still, interesting.