Things are shifting in Obama’s favor, poll-wise. As MSNBC’s “First Read” noted this morning, “After the news of the crisis on Wall Street, McCain’s ‘the fundamentals of our economy are strong’ stumble on Monday, the slip-ups yesterday by McCain’s two biggest economic surrogates and four days of sustained TV ad and email blasts by the Obama campaign and the DNC, the political worm seems to have turned a tad since the Palin bounce.”
And yet the results of recent battleground polls are mixed, and the state-by-state count is favoring McCain.
“A tight race?,” fivethirtyeight’s Nate Silver wrote this morning. “It certainly is a tight race, and has been all year. But this, of course, is not really the lead story. The story is that there has been a rather dramatic shift in the national polling toward Barack Obama in the past 2-4 days, coinciding with the Wall Street financial crisis.
“Some pundits will love this, since it gives them something fresh to talk about. But others, like those cynical beat writers in the Wrigley Field press box, will be annoyed, because it means that the the story they were telling us just a few days ago — that the Obama campaign was in trouble, that Sarah Palin was the greatest thing since sliced bread — has now been more or less invalidated.”