Being a NBC poll they managed to keep Obama one point ahead and they are massaging the comments as much as they can for the candidate they surrogate for

Indeed, if it weren’t for the bounce that McCain appears to have received after the Palin pick, the attention would be on much of the progress Obama has made in this poll.

but ultimately this is a tie

In that poll, Obama holds a narrow one-point lead over McCain (47-46 percent), which is down from his three-point advantage in August (45-42 percent) and six-point edge in July (47-41 percent)

To me, this is the key finding

And just a month ago, McCain trailed Obama by 20 points among women ages 18 to 49. Now the Arizona Republican leads by three points.

That’s a 23 points swing and it matches the finding of yesterday’s ABC/Wapo poll and Rasmussen, making CNN with its reverse gender gap the joke I said they were.

And to end on a comical note, let’s look at that cheerful spin again:

Indeed, if it weren’t for the bounce that McCain appears to have received after the Palin pick, the attention would be on much of the progress Obama has made in this poll.

Indeed, if he didn’t have an opponent, Obama were to be congratulated….But since he unfortunately has, and we can’t think of a reason to ask McCain to withdraw, let’s give him props anyway.

As the Starr family would say: “pats for Patrick” for recognizing his parents

Others start to notice:

Could Clinton have Palin-proofed Dems?

Republican Rep. Candice S. Miller says Barack Obama had only one shot at Palin-proofing the Democratic ticket — and he missed it when he passed over Hillary Rodham Clinton as his running mate.

“Every woman in America knows what Barack Obama did to Hillary Clinton: He looked at her and thought, ‘There’s no way I’m doing that,’” said Miller. “If Hillary was on the ticket, he’d be in a much better position to win women voters.”

Sarah Palin’s presence — coupled with Clinton’s absence — may be altering one of the great verities of American politics: that women voters overwhelmingly favor Democrats.

Update

Gallup tracking has McCain maintaining his 5 pts lead

The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds John McCain continuing to lead Barack Obama, 48% to 43% among registered voters.

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