Big gains over the last two days by Obama, by my tracking, Obama now leads by 6.2 percent, a 49.2 - 43 margin; and I have him slated to win anywhere from 50.5 - 52.6 percent of the vote, with a 2 - 4.2 percent margin over McCain, at the moment.
McCain is letting it all hang out now:
This appears still aimed at McCain supporters, and I've not seen any polling that the Ayers-ACORN attack on Obama is perceived as relevancy to voters that are up for grabs. But it looks like that McCain is going the length with the attack.
The corp. media is saying that Obama is going 'safe' mode:
Leading in polls with 25 days to the election, Democrat Barack Obama is playing it safe, offering careful proposals to address the economic crisis while letting allies respond to John McCain's sharpest charges.
The Democratic presidential nominee, famous for his unscripted oratory, now reads his speeches from TelePrompTers, reducing the chance of gaffes. He has not held a news conference in two weeks, although he has done several one-on-one interviews with national and local reporters.
He now refers to Republican John McCain as "my opponent" more often than by name. And he offers carefully limited, comparatively non-controversial remedies for the nation's financial crisis.
This is not over yet. A 6% lead with less than a month to go is fabulous, but not insurmountable. Balz
There is a scene early in "Dead Certain," Robert Draper's book about President Bush, when the Bush campaign, reeling from its loss to John McCain in New Hampshire in the 2000 primary, is plotting its moves for a do-or-die struggle in South Carolina.
As Bush's South Carolina team sketched out one tough step after another, Mark McKinnon, Bush's media adviser, listened with amazement. Draper writes that McKinnon was thinking: "They're letting the dogs off the chain."
John McCain was the victim in that campaign eight years ago. Now, struggling to overcome Barack Obama's lead in the polls, he is unleashing attacks and empowering forces that lead him in the same direction.
Still, at the state level, and where it counts with the EV's, Obama is putting it away, and maybe out of reach.