September 10, 2008

WALKIN' ON BROKEN GLASS:

Palin bounce has Democrats off balance: Some fear Obama's more aggressive tone could enhance her appeal among white, blue-collar voters. (Peter Wallsten and Janet Hook, 9/09/08, Los Angeles Times)

The emergence of Sarah Palin as a political force in the presidential race has left many top Democrats fretting that, just two weeks after their convention ended on an emotional high, Barack Obama's campaign has suddenly lost its stride. [...]

Concern among Democrats was high enough Tuesday that Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), one of Obama's strongest supporters, felt it necessary to cite historical polling data at a lunch of Democratic senators to convince them that post-convention "bounces," such as the one that has followed last week's GOP convention, have often faded in past elections.

To reassure nervous lawmakers, Durbin also reviewed Democratic registration gains this year in key battleground states.

Still, Democrats expressed anxiety about the new challenge suggested by recent surveys showing McCain has gained ground among independent voters and women, who could decide the race in states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


The poster folks are carrying in the picture accompanying the story is genius:

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2008 10:29 AM
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