Unity Campaign update: Despite persistant pestering by me, The Unity Campaign has not corrected its Battleground map.
They did post two notices saying they would update the map on Aug. 31 and Sept. 3 and I assumed that John Pearce would do the right thing and post the latest numbers which show Nader not impacting John Kerry's presidential race at all. Well, I thought wrong.
They are still using old polling data - some of it many months old. As has been posted here repeatedly, Nader isn't a factor in the 2004 election cycle. I wish he was more of a factor. I wish he, Badnarik, Cobb and Peroutka, were all given the same coverage as the two major party candidates. Sadly, the media shirks its responsibility. Even sadder is that The Unity Campaign and other Nader-haters can't be honest with the voters of America. They are continuing to perpetuate an electoral fib, a non-existent political phenomenon and they are the lesser for it.
However, anyone watching the news of late can see that Kerry could be impacting his own campaign. A relative of mine recently stated that watching this campaign during the last few weeks reminded him of what happened to Mike Dukakis in 1988. I agree. Maybe Kerry should have attacked the Swiftboat people right away, before the book became a best-seller. Maybe he should have considered signing the Pentagon's Standard Form 180, as conservatives have suggested he do. I don't know. Needless to say, he needs to do something dramatic - quickly.