This Gallup/USA Today poll also showed near-parity in party identification after months of showing a Democratic edge, suggesting either a massive shift in party identification, which is pretty unlikely, or a poll that is too heavily weighted toward Republicans.
How is this lame? As much as campaigns are about specific issues, they are also about voters' sentiments. These include whether voters see a candidate as honest and genuine. I have been writing for years that John McCain is among the worst of the cynical politicians, willing to say and do just about anything in the hopes of feeding his near endless well of ambition. Today's story might not be the most meaningful example of this -- McCain's flip flops on issues like campaign finance, lobbying, Iraq, taxes, and immigration, just to name a few, are no doubt more important -- but that does not mean that the BlackBerry story is not a great illustration (and perhaps even a more relatable one for voters) of the looseness with which McCain and his campaign approach fact, reality and the truth.
No. The difference is that we are completely open about our biases. I am a Democratic partisan. Fournier, by comparison, hid the fact that he held months of talks with the McCain campaign about taking a senior-level position.
Yeah, I don't see it. Do the math, and it's just not so exciting for McCain. Note this, too: The Obama campaign raised only about $2 million in general election money in June. This means that there are a whole lot of $2,300 donors -- the vast majority of them, in fact -- who could be tapped again to give for the fall campaign effort. If they are all asked to turn around and give another $2,300 for the general, tens of millions of dollars could be generated in a relatively short period of time (and that doesn't even include the tens of millions of dollars coming out of the campaign's smaller dollar efforts).