Obama is now at 88.5% to win. His national polling numbers (which, yes, don’t really matter but are a good summary of the race) are way way way better than Gore’s or Kerry’s. (or Bush’s this close to the election) At least Gallup’s national tracking poll seems to have stabilized.
Worse, Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”
You can’t blame the candidates for who supports them, but it sure sounds like she’s almost inciting the crowd. At a McCain speech, he asked “Who is the real Barack Obama?” and the first shouted answer was “Terrorist!”.
McCain has little to lose at this point, so he may go all-out nasty at the debate tonight…