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In a USA Today/Gallup poll numbers changed as follows:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain moved from being behind by 6 points among “likely” voters a month ago to a 4-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama among that group in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. McCain still trails slightly among the broader universe of “registered” voters. By both measures, the race is tight.

The Friday-Sunday poll, mostly conducted as Obama was returning from his much-publicized overseas trip and released just this hour, shows McCain now ahead 49%-45% among voters that Gallup believes are most likely to go to the polls in November. In late June, he was behind among likely voters, 50%-44%.

Hmmm- didn’t Lanny davis tell us he only trusts Gallup?

It is within the margin of error and the tracking poll for today had B0 up by 8 – which is still a trend down…Now I wish i saved the Daily News triumphant cover “Up by Nine”

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Ed Rendell delivers yet another bark at us

On winning over Hillary supporters: Part of the job of Obama’s volunteers will be outreach to disappointed former Hillary Clinton supporters, who carried Clinton to a nine point walloping of Obama during the bitterly fought Pennsylvania primary. Rendell, formerly an influential cheerleader for Team Hillary, is optimistic that the holdovers will be converted with the help of Obama’s widely dispatched foot soldiers.

“Not all of us are there yet,” Rendell acknowledged. “But 90 percent of us are there, and we’re getting more and more enthusiastic every day about Sen. Obama.”

Of course you are, dear. 90%. That’s why Obama can’t reach 50% support in Pennsylvania…He’s barely at 47%

Maybe Rendell – and those Obama  foot soldiers will remember what they were doing a few months ago:

“We give them two forms – one to change their registration now for the primary and one so they can switch back later,”

Could it be that Obama’s base, the rented republicans used the second set of forms already and went home?

Or….coul’d it be….

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The Patriot Room notes the frustration of NYT Nagourney (duly disciplined by Jr.Jr.) that B0 is not doing better:

And it is back again as he returns from an overseas trip that even Republicans have described as politically triumphant. In this case, the question is why — given how sour Americans feel about President Bush and the Republican party, and the perception that Mr. Obama is running a better campaign than Senator John McCain — the senator from Illinois is not scoring even higher in national opinion polls.

Earlier I noticed the usually astute Novak marveling at the same obvious question

That he lingers below the 50 percent mark is a mystery among politicians in both parties.

Patriot Room has one obvious answer:

How about he’s a nobody with no experience doing anything? Pretty easy answer. But the Times needs to consult big-time official pollsters to tell us what any 6th grader can see.

To which I add another:

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Anyway A meme seems to be born I first saw this in the WSJ reading of a poll bad for B0:

Some analysts said that Mr. Obama could be like Ronald Reagan in 1980. Mr. Reagan was up against an unpopular incumbent, President Jimmy Carter, who for all his weaknesses was a known quantity. Only after Mr. Reagan persuaded voters that he was credible as a president did the polls break in his direction

Patriot Room is more inclined to see shades of Mondale

Even Mr. Obama’s advisers say they are uneasy about his difficulty so far in breaking the 50 percent barrier — a reminder, in poll after poll, that there many Americans who are not yet ready to cast their lot with him, and may never be.

Update of July 31 = Reagan meme propelled from TNR:

Obama isn’t Jimmy Carter–he’s Ronald Reagan.
Post Date Wednesday, July 30, 2008

and the sad thing is – especially considering the source – they see it as a good thing!

And so do I.

Jon Voight cuts to the chase

“The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way,”

“”Obama has grown up with the teaching of very angry, militant white and black people: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers and Rev. Michael Pfleger. We cannot say we are not affected by teachers who are militant and angry. We know too well that we become like them, and Mr. Obama will run this country in their mindset,” if he is elected,

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Jack Tapper reports:

Bush administration veterans former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and former Securities and Exchange Commissioner William Donaldson will join former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, and more traditionally Democratic economic advisers such as former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, billionaire liberal Warren Buffett, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, and SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger.

Nice! I know Paul O’Neil wrote a tell all book on Bush, but before that, and before traveling with Bono he wanted to do away with Social security and corporate taxes altogether.

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Where’s your “progressive” candidate now , ers?
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