I'm not sure why, but it seems as if he does better whenever John Kerry and Ted Kennedy get face time on the national news. The Democrats would be wise to let other people represent them.I think this is especially true with John Kerry. Everytime Kerry makes an ass of himself people not only think poorly of the Democrats, but also think "Thank God he didn't win." I know I do at least.
The real reason for the uptick is that the Alito hearings are going well for the Republicans. The Democrats really don't have a leg to stand on, but they're hopping on their stumps as hard as they can.
There is the Abramoff scandal, but that has been focused congressionally. Bush accepted money from him, but it was the same money all the Democrats took as well. They won't be making a big issue of it.