Kerry's challenge in the next two weeks is to generate a sense of momentum. Campaigns are all a matter of perceptions, perceptions of perceptions, perceptions of perceptions of perceptions...you get the idea.
To appear to be winning is to win. Not always. The defeats of Aznar and Vajpayee crept up on them. Chavez was written off. But the United States has a patently dormant sense of politics, which is one reason why what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WSYWIG) was invented here.
From that standpoint, it is essential that Kerry patch up with traditional Democratic allies, beginning with Nader. This is a tough call, but one that needs to be made right away, the sooner the better.