McCain outpolls Obama! OMG!

What? Me worry? Dig your “Mad” magazine collections out of your basements. They will be the hot investment in 2009.

I read this on AOL:

“WASHINGTON (Aug. 20) – In a sharp turnaround, Republican John McCain has opened a 5-point lead on Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential race and is seen as a stronger manager of the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.”

I took the polls they have on these AOL stories and discovered that 72 percent of respondents thought McCain had more momentum than Obama and 69 percent thought McCain will win. Then I looked at the websites for The Nation, The New Republic, The Daily Kos, TomDispatch, Information Clearing House, Center for American Progress, Crooks and Liars, Tikkun and the World Socialist Website. (I would have checked the Huffington Post, but the site doesn’t scroll well for me.) I hope I missed a lot, because I didn’t see any discussion of this apparent reversal of fortune for the Presidential candidates. That doesn’t make sense.

I then checked the Economist’s site and they did have on article about it. It ended on this note:

“If the Democrats remain divided they will lose the presidency. Were that to happen, after Iraq, Katrina and an economic crisis, they might well want to consider an alternative line of work.”

The more or less liberal commentators already know what a disaster the Reagan-Bush administrations have been for our country. They seem to assume that everyone agrees that an Obama Presidency is what the country needs to reverse our mad dash to the brink. When Obama was called “elitist,” I think they used the wrong word. The entire Democratic establishment could be better described as a bunch of navel-gazers.

Here are some things that don’t make sense: McCain supports off-shore drilling but he will “take on” big oil. He relates with the middle-class but doesn’t know how many houses he owns. He doesn’t know much about economics but people trust him to manage the economy.

McCain somehow fits within the structure of meaning which is the narrative of our country. Like Reagan and Bush before him, he knows that Washington is the problem. Like Reagan and Bush before him, he knows who the enemy is, and it ain’t us. Like Reagan and Bush before him, he just wants to feel our pain, not to be our teacher. Like Reagan and Bush before him, when we go to bed at night, he will keep us safe from big government, high taxes and terrorists.


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