The main stream media did Barack Obama no favors by propping him up, carrying his water,throwing him softballs and making it possible that he defeat Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. The ends result was that they created a false image and an even more false persona that Barack Obama was greater than he really is. Suddenly Obama finds himself in a dog fight for the presidency when many in his camp thought it was a foregone conclusion. As many in the Clinton camp in the beginning of the primaries thought that Hillary’s coronation was a formality, Obama finds himself in the same boat.
Having to defend one’s point of view and policies has its advantages. Having to constantly face tough questions and face the never ending barrage from the MSM builds character. It also reveals the very character that one already had. Thus is the present case with John McCain and Sarah Palin. Palin faced Charlie Gibson of ABC News in the same manner as she faces everything, like a pit bull wearing lipstick. The fact of the matter is she faced him and questions that Obama has never been asked. Lesser people would have folded. Candidates that had no core values or character would have whimpered and been crushed. Instead, the ticket of McCain and Palin finds them self for the 5th day in a row in the Gallup poll ahead. Here is an eye opener, McCain has seized a 3 point lead in the Rasmussen poll.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows John McCain up by three points, his largest lead since Obama wrapped up the Democratic Presidential Nomination. For most of the past several months, Obama has held a modest lead with McCain slipping ahead by a single point on just three of the past hundred days.
Not only is Obama in panic mode, the entire Democratic House and Senate are in meltdown mode wondering what truck just ran them over. Once again Democrats have counted their chickens was too early. According to a Gallup poll regarding the generic congressional ballot, the battle for Congress is now competitive. The once 15 point lead for Democrats has been reduced to 3 points. Democrats are in disbelief that their Congressional lead is all but gone. Now wait until Congress starts really using the coattails of McCain and Palin on the campaign events.
A potential shift in fortunes for the Republicans in Congress is seen in the latest USA Today/Gallup survey, with the Democrats now leading the Republicans by just 3 percentage points, 48% to 45%, in voters’ “generic ballot” preferences for Congress. This is down from consistent double-digit Democratic leads seen on this measure over the past year.
How is it possible that Republicans in Congress have made such an amazing comeback from the depths? One factor is the amazing coattails of McCain/Palin. However, the other major factor is that so many Americans are in favor of drilling offshore for oil. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker of the House decided to have Congress adjourn rather than work on an energy plan to help John Q. Public. While Democrats pander to the environmental lobbyists and said no to drilling, Republicans have favored lowering oil costs by more drilling which has obviously resonated with voters.