It sure seems like it. The past month has been devastatingly bad for the inexperienced junior Senator and street organizer from Chicago. John McCain’s ads have been on the money, including today’s newest one. (“Celebrities don’t have to worry about family budgets“)
The most astounding thing to me is The Messiah’s meteoric fall from his survey heights since before his ill-fated trip to Europe. I said then that the Emporer had no clothes. Looks like America is beginning to realize it.
Just as party leaders pack their bags for Denver, our latest Reuters/Zogby poll finds their nominee in some trouble, as Republican John McCain has taken a five-point lead over Barack Obama. That is a 12-point reversal from the survey we took for Reuters in July. Interestingly, Obama’s margins among what had been his strongest demographic groups dropped by as much as 12 points. These include Democrats, women, city dwellers and younger voters – those ages 25-34. Also, Obama has lost his lead among the swing Catholic vote, dropping 11 points to McCain over a month.
What is happening is all too familiar to Democrats. McCain is using the Karl Rove playbook, attacking Obama’s perceived strengths, notably his mass appeal and freshness. Democrats hoped that eight years of a failed Bush presidency (80% in our latest survey said the nation was on the wrong track) so diminished the GOP brand that “going negative” would not work again for the Republicans.
In the end, it may not. Negative campaigning did not work on either side of the aisle in the primaries and caucuses. However, clearly McCain has been the aggressor for the past month, seeing an opportunity to define Obama for General Election voters before Obama could define himself. At times, it has seemed like he has been the only one throwing any punches, especially with Obama on vacation in Hawaii.
The more people get to know Senator Obama, the less impressive he is, the less experienced he shows himself to be, and the more shady his former friends turn out to be.
The question isn’t how many houses Cindy McCain owns… the question is how many houses Obama pal William Ayers tried to blow up; or how many houses the Obama’s got from a convicted felon.
Bring it on, Barry. America has figured out that there is no “there” there.