Zogby poll shows Rove strategy in tatters

I’ve been reading a lot about Karl Rove–you know, “Bush’s Brain”–and pace Mencken I think he’s going to make Bush lose by overestimating the stupidity of the American people. It is Rove we have to thank for the “divider not uniter” reality W has unleashed–Rove believed that Bush I lost because he didn’t protect the Republican base (read: “wingnuts”). Thus, everything Bush II has done has been about pumping them up, secure that the rest of the nation was too disorganized to do anything about it. Not only was he wrong about that, he seems to have completely discounted the possibility that people who hadn’t voted for a while (or ever) might be motivated to fight back. The Zogby numbers reveal that among non-voters in 2000, Kerry is leading Bush 2-1 and that he’s picking up Nader 2000 voters 3-1 over W.

While the evidence that non-voters are more likely to vote this year is mainly anecdotal so far, the latest polling must be giving Rove and his stuffing-headed boss a lot of heartburn. By way of Eschaton:

The most recent Zogby poll shows deeper trouble for President George W. Bush beyond just the horserace. Mr. Bush has fallen in key areas while Senator John Kerry has shored up numerous constituencies in his base. The Bush team’s attempted outreach to base Democratic and swing constituency has shown to be a failure thus far, limiting his potential growth in the electorate.

Um, is this attempted outreach? If so, anyone surprised it’s failing? Seriously, read the Zogby numbers below… it will make you smile. They certainly confirm my suspicion that single women are the smartest people in the country!
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Open Thread

Wracked by a spasm of optimism, I created a new category. Marti, you asked for it, so keep the good news coming. Of course if Kerry loses the very thought of this moment will require an entire bottle of whisky to drown my sorrow… but seriously, I haven’t felt this optimistic since my sophomore year in college, walking across the damp flagstone paths at Yale, hearing Clinton’s acceptance speech echo across the courtyard from every window.

So, here’s an open thread. Everyone please chime in with thoughts about Kerry’s speech (or the convention as a whole).