The financial troubles of recent weeks, clearly, played a major role. It's funny how talk of house forclosures and bank failures will focus your attention. Now the usual trivial nonsense that seems to plague our elections has wilted, and reality has stepped into the void. Remember reality? Yeah, I miss it. After eight years of Bush/Cheney and the Republicans, it's wonderful.
The nation is facing a real crisis and its future lies in doubt. This is the moment when the candidates must step up their game, and show some true leadership. Obama has passed that test brilliantly; McCain floundered and panicked. It's really that simple.
I don't know what happened to McCain, or why he seemed to lose his mind. In all liklihood they knew all along his chances were thin, and like an offense that needs to score three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, all he can do is throw reckless Hail Mary's. Thankfully, McCain's rediculous gambles (Palin, "suspension", yadda yadda) failed. It's heartening to see that Americans won't fall for the usual bullshit this year.
There is still four weeks left in the campaign, so this is not the time to rest easy. This is the time to work even harder. We have the momentum, we have the issues, and we have the ground game. Our job now is to push harder and harder than ever before. We don't want a close finish; we want a blowout. The greater the win for Obama and the Democrats, the stronger our hand for enacting a more progressive agenda these next four years.
Some more national polls to enjoy during your fifth coffee break:
Obama 51, McCain 40 (Daily Kos 9/30 - 10/2)
Obama 49, McCain 42 (Gallup 9/30 - 10/2)
Obama 51, McCain 44 (Rasmussen 9/30 - 10/2)
From here on out, we'll do better to monitor the state polling, since that's where the action lies. The national numbers, however, do suggest where the nation is headed overall. October is going to be a great month for political junkies.