Not Running Away, Not Playing DeadNewsweek's Howard Fineman points out that in spite of the attempt by the press to call the race for Barack Obama before the votes are counted, he has not run away with it:
Still, in today’s traditional Gallup Daily Tracking Poll (the one that screens
likely voters most rigorously, based on past votes), Obama leads McCain by only
two percentage points, 49 to 47 percent.
Why hasn’t Obama run away with this?
Because the country remains culturally divided. Because the more it
looks like Democrats will score huge gains in Congress, the more worried “soft
Republican” voters get. Because McCain has succeeded, in the minds of some of
those voters, in raising the hoary specter of “tax-and-spend” liberals.
Because Obama hails from a place (South Side Chicago) and background (the son of
professional academics) more reminiscent of Democratic losers like Michael
Dukakis, Al Gore and John Kerry than winners like LBJ, Jimmy Carter or Bill
Clinton. Because some voters remember the hate-filled sound bites of the Rev.
Regardless of the outcome of the presidential vote next Tuesday, this country will likely remain a deeply divided nation. It may be hard for our friends on the other side to fathom that reality, but it is true. From questions about his citizenship that have never been shaken, to facts about his background that are partly true and partly false, Obama would assume office as one of the most suspicious presidents to the American people in history.
One of conservatives' biggest fears (other than Obama destroying the Supreme Court), is that an Obama administration will reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine in an attempt to silence conservative talk radio. Obama and his people have proven adept at shutting his opponents out of the mainstream press. That very news media seems to think that conservatives are supposed to roll over and play dead collectively will not do so. We will fight to the last man or woman for what is right, and were I Barack Obama I'd be very concerned about what might happen on Election Day in swing States that he is now expecting to carry if conservatives show up in numbers. Obama is apparently concerned enough that he is taking to the airwaves tonight in a pre-taped "special" to run his mouth.
Obama knows that the radio will be the home of his biggest political opposition-Middle America. If he is to survive, he will almost certainly try to shut that audible opposition down.