We've seen the polls. Gallup shows Bush inching over Kerry. Newsweek shows Kerry treading water.
Then today's story from AP re: Pew poll:
3/30/04 WASHINGTON -- Although President Bush has been battered by a former aide's claim that he did nothing to counter the al-Qaida threat before the Sept. 11 attacks, a poll released Monday finds American voters still consider Bush far stronger than Democratic rival John Kerry in defending the country against terrorism ...
Bush held the advantage on which candidate would do a better job of defending the country from terrorist attacks by 53 percent for Bush to 29 percent for Kerry. That's about the same advantage Bush had on protecting the country earlier this month in a Pew poll.
We can find all the faults we want in the polls. But I think it's clear that Clarke isn't hurting Bush as much as many thought it would.
So why hasn't Clarke hurt Bush more?