It's been kind of a dispiriting week for progressives, having to watch the polls move in McCain's direction. But here's some good news: a new Daily Kos-sponsored tracking poll that has Obama ahead 47% to 45%.
Indeed, it feels like the post convention McCain momentum is running down. After all, you can only lie for so long until the bad karma catches up. And the non-critical national media are starting to wake up, thankfully.
It'll be interesting to see how Sarah Palin performs when she isn't simply reading her stump speech over and over.
Pretty amazing, really. Here's this supposed model of feminist independence standing next to McCain like a robot, reciting what she's been told to say, refusing to answer questions (until tonight, when ABC has an interview with her).
This is showing American voters how ill-prepared she is. McCain claims she's ready to take over as president, but his campaign doesn't think she's even ready for a press conference.
The "internal" numbers in the Daily Kos poll are encouraging. Take a look. Obama is leading McCain by four to eighteen points in every part of the country but the south. Good luck on winning a national election with that sort of support.
Women favor Obama by nine points. And I suspect that gap will only grow as they learn about McCain's and Palin's anti-choice positions.
Bottom line: the sky isn't falling, Obama supporters. He and Biden are poised for a bounce-back.