In late September, shortly before the first debate, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found George W. Bush leading John Kerry by eight points. A week later, shortly after their initial debate, the same pollster found the president’s lead had quickly evaporated and the two were tied.
And a week after that, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted exactly eight years ago today and tomorrow, showed Kerry inching past the incumbent president, taking a narrow lead among likely voters, 49% to 48%.
To be sure, it was just one pollster of many, but it was a major national survey showing a nine-point swing to the challenger over the course of about two weeks.
After eight years and two terms, I wonder what President Kerry will talk about in his farewell address this January? I’m sure glad he replaced Vice President Edwards before the sex scandal broke.
Adding… Note to Chez, Kerry’s gigantic bounce happened long before the Twitter/Cable/Hysteria Complex.