Former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry has now joined the Kerry advisory staff. This follows recent additions Joe Lockhart, Paul Begala and James Carville. Kerry can hire the entire Clinton administration and it won't change the fact that he is a prototypical NE liberal with little charisma and appeal. Perhaps the campaign was reacting to last week's Washington Post/ABC News poll that showed Kerry's favorable rating had slipped to 36%, or 18 points in five weeks.
Compared with historical Gallup ratings, Kerry is behind Vladimir Putin, running neck and neck with Martha Stewart and just ahead of Joe McCarthy (the Senator, not manager of the Yankees) and OJ Simpson. Ouch.