Don't worry. Everything's going to be fine
But now this afternoon come two more national polls essentially confirming the same trends with some significant subterranean changes.
-- the ABC News/Washington Post national poll of registered voters, which shows Obama's 6-point August lead has evaporated to produce a 47-46 Obama-McCain statistical tie,
-- and a CNN/Opinion Research poll, which shows the race still tied at 48% apiece but McCain making significant gains in how voters view his handling of the economy, Iraq and healthcare.
The most surprising results -- and surely the most disturbing for the freshman Illinois senator's camp -- are the immense gains McCain has made among white women following the Republican National Convention and the well-received prime-time speech by Palin.
In barely three weeks since before the Democratic convention last month, that crucial group of female voters has moved from 50-42 in Obama's favor to 53-41 for McCain now.
That's a huge 20-point shift in almost as many days, no doubt attributed in large part to the addition of a woman to the Republican ticket, Alaskan Gov. Palin, for the first time in the party's 164-year history.
The same poll also revealed a large shift toward McCain in Midwest battleground states from a 19-point deficit to a 7-point edge. The same numbers also indicated Obama making little or no progress in the areas of having sufficient experience and wooing to his side former supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Yes, I know Palin's awful on the issues, and that now Obama's calling both her and McCain liars, which is like saying they breathe. But Palin's not about truth, any more than Reagan was. She's about resentment. Calling her a liar just throws gasoline on the resentment!
And if it's legitimate to vote for Obama as a blow against racism, regardless of his policies, then it's equally legitimate to vote for Palin as a blow against sexism, regardless of her policies. And if it's legitimate to vote for Obama because of his compelling life story, then it's equally legitimate to vote for Palin because of her compelling life story. And if it's legitimate to vote for Obama because he's charismatic and gives a good speech, then it's equally legitimate to vote for Palin because she's charismatic and gives a good speech. And if it's legitimate to vote for Obama because he's a media darling, then it's equally legitimate to vote for Palin if she becomes a media darling. And since the post-partisan schtick can only mean that there's no intrinsic difference between D and R, that means all the candidates are equally legitimate, so why vote for one as opposed to the other? Eh?
All back to the original sins of the primary, I'd say.