POLITICAL observations & opinions

* has the worm turned? polls begin to turn Obama’s way

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 17, 2008

from MSNBC’s First Read (thank you Ilene)

*** Has the worm turned?

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 (see below for more on that), 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.

Indeed, while we’re not crazy about focusing too much on those daily tracking polls, their needles have moved in Obama’s direction the past couple of days (and we bet that continues today).

And guess what — we’re not talking as much about Palin as we were last week, except for the latest developments in the Troopergate scandal in Alaska.

The race has turned back into McCain vs. Obama, and it currently is sitting on turf (the economy) that should favor Democrats.

In fact, even the McCain campaign tacitly acknowledges Palin’s off the front pages with a new TV ad today that doesn’t mention Palin at all — not even a “McCain-Palin” Administration. It’s simply McCain.

From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann

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