Kerry issued a major new speech yesterday morning criticizing the war in Iraq in plain-spoken terms. The Bush campaign immediately answered, and by the time you get to today's NYT article the story is half about what Kerry said, half about how Bush answered. I counted: 15 inches about Kerry, 14 inches about Bush, 6 inches of context.
Mr. Bush's advisers watched the 10 a.m. speech on television at the White House and set to work with him aboard Air Force One at noon to insert a hard-hitting response into the president's remarks at a campaign event in Derry, N.H.Just like with the war record flap, the Bush campaign is controlling the debate around Iraq. And it's working.