That Liberal Media

In the NYT today:

Because that group is patriotic and somewhat fiscally conservative, some experts said Mr. Kerry, a New Englander, would not appeal to them.

The piece is otherwise an informative and interesting analysis of Florida. But seriously, what was the reporter, Abby Goodnough, thinking when she wrote that sentence?

Goodnough does give the latest Florida poll results, and they are encouraging:

In the latest poll here, sponsored by The Miami Herald and The St. Petersburg Times, 49 percent of the 800 registered voters surveyed said they would vote for Mr. Kerry if the election were held now, and 43 percent said they would for Mr. Bush.