Much is being made of the missing explosives cache from al Qaqaa in Iraq. John Kerry has set a new campaign speed record for seizing upon it as a last-minute election issue, making it a major stump speech theme and producing a new television advertisement in something like 48 hours or so. The most partisan Kerry supporters are joining in the noise, yet they're not stopping to consider some very obvious questions and implications
of the new position, which would seem to suggest that Saddam had a WMD program after all and that action was not taken soon enough.
I see this as an insult to the voters by Kerry and his helpers. They think their base and the undecided voters will react with all intended alarm and outrage, yet by doing so Kerry's partisans are demonstrating a very condescending attitude. This may be Kerry's most careless move yet because some of the voters he had on his side might not appreciate being called stupid and many of the undecideds, while already noticing the inconsistencies of Kerry's positions, may also realize that President Bush has never talked down to them in any such way as this.
I hear CBS and the New York Times were originally coordinating to release this story Sunday night so that it would have maximum impact on the election. This may be another major setback for big media.