Why isn't Obama up by 15 points or so? The GOP nominee is a joke and everything points to a huge Democratic year. Where was the "Hillary is out of the race" huge bump for Obama? Where is the "McCain is GWB Part 3" bounce?
I think Obama will win, but that it is so close is disconcerting given how weak of a candidate McCain is, in a terrible year for the GOP.
"the Clinton administration's less-than-stellar environmental record."
I didn't think it was bad at all. Better than the last 8 years. Better than the 1980-1992 period. Carter was similar--set aside a bunch of land in Alaska that pissed some off. Clinton set aside a bunch of land in the West. What exactly was your beef with the environmental record? I'm not saying it was spotless, or even close, but who is your comparison? Nixon? TR?