Thus, the closer margin seen in today's results is due more to movement away from Obama than toward McCain. Twelve percent of registered voters now say they are undecided or supporting another candidate, which is on the high end of what Gallup has measured this year.
Voter preferences have been closely divided between Obama and McCain in each of the last three individual nights of polling, underscoring the notion that the race has tightened for the moment. This could to some degree reflect Obama's absence from the campaign trail while he vacations in Hawaii. He will return to the spotlight over the next few weeks upon naming his vice presidential running mate and accepting his party's nomination for president at the Democratic national convention, and both events have typically been associated with a bounce in support for a presidential candidate.
If it is anything like the non existent bounce Obama saw when Hillary suspended her campaign or the bounce after his overseas trip which last a whole three days, then Obama is indeed in a lot of trouble.
Perhaps people are starting to get a clue that Obama is no more than all talk. Perhaps McCain leading the way so publicly on Russia and Georgia has shown more people that Obama has no leadership abilities nor the experience to understand how a national crisis should be handled.
Perhaps the Obama Nation book that the left is starting to howl so loudly over, and will hold Sunday's New York Times #1 position on the best selling book list, is giving those on the fence something to think about.
Maybe all of the above...either way, Obama is having a hard time getting past where he was when Hillary was still in the game.... perhaps many Democrats are feeling a bit betrayed that they backed him and he ended up being no agent of change but just another politician that speaks a better game than most.
Pounding home the point of how Obama is not ready to lead is McCain's new video, YouTube URL here and video below.
Announcer: Celebrity, yessssssss, ready to lead, NO.
Watch it to see the rest.
Even those clearly in Obama's corner are acknowledging how far he has sunk.