With Bush sinking in the polls what will benefit him most? a new video from Osama bin Laden! A number of writers have noticed this. From The Carpetbagger Report comes a collection of comments:

For example, The New Republic’s Michael Crowley wrote, “Given the White House’s current strategy to divert attention away from Iraq and back to Osama bin Laden and 9/11, this new al Qaeda video is bizarrely in sync with Karl Rove’s election-season game plan. It’s especially weird when you recall that bin Laden’s 11th-hour video in October 2004 may have cost John Kerry the election (something I know certain of his staffers believe). I’m not suggesting any actual coordination here, something that seems almost too obvious to say. But in a weird way, you can argue that bin Laden has become a kind of political ally for George W. Bush.”