There are a certain % of voters who will vote against George Bush and for John Kerry (the presumptive nominee) no matter what. There are a certain % of voters who will vote for GWB and against John Kerry no matter what. As usual, this election will be decided by the "remaining voters".
Going in, I felt that Plan A of the RNC would be to focus on the similarities of Kerry's voting record to that of Ted Kennedy (while running photos & videos of the two together for effect). You know, that whole "Northeast Liberal" thing. For those voters not included in either group mentioned in the first paragraph, anything having to do with Jane Fonda's activities in re the Vietnam War <i>may</i> be more of a hot-button issue. For better or for worse, elections normally come down to perceptions. How will/should this photo be perceived?
Despite what we learned/heard during since the '92 campaign, the Vietnam War issue just won't go away ... for either side.