Charles Krauthammer’s “Kerry Adrift” column addresses the conundrum of how a president pummeled daily by Richard Clarke, the 9/11 commission, and the press has actually risen somewhat in the polls.

It’s John Kerry, stupid.

“’If I’m president,’ John Kerry said,’ ’I will not only personally go to the U.N., I will go to other captals.’ For Kerry, showing up at Kofi Annan’s doorstep and sweeping through the allied capitals is no rhetorical flourish, no strategic sideshow. It is the essence of his Iraq plan: ’Within weeks of being inaugurated, I will return to the U.N. and I will literally, formally rejoin the community of nations and turn over a proud new chapter in America’s relationship with the world.’”

Krauthammer adds:

“Americans are a serious people, war is a serious business, and what John Kerry is offering is simply not serious. Americans may be unsure whether Bush has a plan for success in Iraq. But they sure as hell know that going to U.N. headquarters, visiting foreign capitals and promising lots of jaw-jaw is no plan at all.”