The polls are great today. The Palin effect is taking hold and she seems to be dragging McCain down into the muck with her. This is not the kind of mud wresting that pulls in the crowds, though I am sure many fine American men would love to see the Gov in a pit with another hockey mom tussling around. Ew! Is it really the economy or are the blinders coming off after that initial 3 week “isn’t she cute and refreshing” media blitz hangover of wore off? Now people are seeing her for herself. And it isn’t pretty. You can see it in McCain. He knows it was a really bad choice. He created this atmosphere of hate and he knows from being on the receiving end how horrible it can be. He seems visibly diminished when the crowd Palin stirred to scream “terrorist!” and “traitor” are people who came to hear him and he knows that continuing on with her crowd pleasing rhetoric is just wrong. I must say I feel a bit sorry for him. But not too sorry. If Palin is any indication of his judgment, then he doesn’t deserve to be trusted with anything I hold dear.
Tonight is the last debate. McCain’s last chance to seem Presidential. Obama’s last chance to … Oh, yeah. He already looks Presidential. It is his to mess up now, though I have faith in him. We are all expecting the Republicans to pull some sort of October surprise. I think I see the beginnings of it in the voter fraud allegations against ACORN. After all the tricks the GOP has used to suppress the vote over the last few decades, they have now glombed onto an organization with ties to Obama. I don’t doubt that they have made mistakes with registration, but according to several news organizations (MSM for all you right wingers out there) there are plenty of irregularities in voter registration no matter who is going out canvassing and signing people up. It just so happens that this year, a majority of the new voters in many of the battleground states are Democrats. The Dems are organized. So I am cautiously optimistic.