Instapundit linked up this interesting dissection of the bin Laden tape and the loony left's reaction:
There was an old saying about politics stopping at the water’s edge ... Over the last three years or so, we have seen that concept obliterated. We’ve seen a truly unparalleled deluge of criticism of the president that [go] well beyond policy differences ... The far left hates George W. Bush with a raging fury. So does al-Qaeda. Was it really so shocking that the rhetoric of the former would eventually be taken up by the latter?
No, this tape should cause many on the left to stare into the mirror for a long time and ask, “What have I turned into? How did I become so reflexively partisan, so blinded by rage, so intemperate in my rhetoric that my own arguments are being echoed by a man who planned and enjoyed the mass murder of Americans?”
“How the hell did I reach the point where I agree with Osama bin Laden on Bush?”
Many other good points in there, read the whole thing.
Some of my liberal friends, especially the ones who come over to Fortress Wingnut most weekends (on safari with pith helmets and notebooks) are simply not this extreme. Some other ones most definitely are. Sometimes I have to be careful not to hit them too hard with my blind-man's cane.
Personally I think the tape is an absolute slam-dunk for the Bush team. Polls have consistently shown most Americans think Bush is the stronger candidate to fight terrorism, and here we have a stark reminder that the wolves are definitely still out there, circling in the night. I still think it's going to be damned close, but for the first time I'm optimistic about the ultimate outcome.