USA Today/Gallup poll says McCain/Palin by 4 Over Obama/Biden:
McCain leads Democrat Barack Obama by 50%-46% among registered voters, the Republican's biggest advantage since January and a turnaround from the USA TODAY poll taken just before the convention opened in St. Paul. Then, he lagged by 7 percentage points.
Believe it or not, it's the economy:
McCain has narrowed Obama's wide advantage on handling the economy, by far the electorate's top issue. Before the GOP convention, Obama was favored by 19 points; now he's favored by 3.
On Sunday the newest Gallup tracking poll shows McCain ahead 48-45, "his best showing since May."
Bush is the lowest rated president ever. There are two unpopular wars. Consumer spending has plunged. Unemployment is at a five year high. Over the weekend the federal government seized mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. And right-wing apparatchik John McCain—who co-signed the Bush presidency 95 percent of the time and promises more of the same disastrous economic policies—enjoys a 16 point swing on the economy?
Chicago, we have a problem. McCain/Palin are not perceived as an extension of George W. Bush and the many failed policies of his Administration. The blogs and Obama surrogates need to focus less on the Palin baby drama and Cindy's McCain's jewelry and more on McCain as the third Bush term. The Obama campaign needs to laser focus on the economy and the great success we had in the Clinton Administration. Democrats can govern and very effectively. But McCain represents more of the same. Period.