The presidential campaign is beginning to slip away from John McCain.
His mishandling of the financial mess, coupled with a loss in the first debate and Sarah Palin’s ongoing train wreck, has put the McCain campaign clearly behind Obama. And there are only 33 days left to reverse this ominous trend.
In a spate of new polls taken since Friday’s debate, including polls in the crucial states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, in some states, Obama has surged across that crucial 50 percent threshold while McCain is bleeding daily.
In Colorado Obama is at 50 percent, MCain is at 45 percent. In Ohio, Obama is ahead 48 percent to 46 percent. In Florida, Obama holds 47.8, McCain, 46.4 percent. In Pennsylvania, Obama is just shy of 50 percent, McCain has 42 percent. And in virginia, Obama has 48.5; McCain has 46.5 percent.
Panic has taken over the McCain campaign. They do not know what to do to reverse this downward trend. And there may be nothing McCain can do to reverse this trend. Any hope may lie in either an Obama mistake, or an outside event; neither of which is under the control now of McCain or his staff. Thus they have all packed up and moved to Sedona, Ariz., to try to whip Sarah Palin into shape for her Thursday debate with Joe Biden.
Prediction on that debate: Palin will be OK, not great, but she will stick to the script pounded into her by Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis. Biden, too, will do his main job: hit McCain and praise Obama.
In the end, this veep debate is not where the action is in this campaign. The race for vice president never is; it is a small sideshow — unless one of the veep candidates becomes a major problem.
Sarah Palin is on the verge of doing actual damage to the McCain ticket. Her daily interviews with Katie Couric, especially the parts where she is allowed to just talk and talk, have become downright embarrassing. Gov. Palin reveals that she is an uneducated, unread, and untravelled woman who is not, and never will be, ready to be vice president.
And her latest line — that “Joe Sixpack” is who we want in the vice presidency — is idiotic. We do not want Joe Sixpack making governmental decisions. We want someone who understands Joe Sixpack’s views, but someone who knows more than Joe and has broader experience and knowledge.
The whole Palin line from her supporters that “she is just like me” is an awful mistake. We want someone in the Oval Office who indeed listens to “me” but who knows more and has better judgement.
And the more you see of her the worse she comes off — especially when she isn’t reading from a McCain staff-script.
Too bad McCain didn’t pick Mitt Romney as he is/was the one candidate this year who could have seemed credible on this financial mess. But, in the end, it is John McCain who his hemorrhaging in the polls, especially among over-50 voters who see their retirement money shrinking by the day as this Wall Street mess spreads.
McCain’s blundering, back-and-forth strategy last week has weakened his candidacy tremendously. And his weird performance in the debate, coupled with Obama’s more reassuring presence, has clearly tilted this race toward Obama.
McCain could have won it, and he still might, but right now he has blown the good opportunity he had coming out of the GOP Convention.
There are still 36 days to go. Much can and will happen. The polls may again tighten. But, as of now, McCain’s chances are slipping away.
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