Some things just beg the words “I told you so”.

This just came out on the wire services this morning:

Obama has 7-point edge on McCain: Reuters poll

– Democrat Barack Obama has a 7-point lead on Republican John McCain in the U.S. presidential race, and holds a small edge on the crucial question of who would best manage the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

More than a month after kicking off the general election campaign, Obama leads McCain by 47 percent to 40 percent. That is slightly better than his 5-point cushion in mid-June, shortly after he clinched the Democratic nomination fight against New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

But Obama’s 22-point advantage in June among independents, a critical voting bloc that could swing either way in the November election, shrunk to 3 points during a month in which the candidates battled on the economy and Obama was accused of shifting to the center on several issues.

Check out that third paragraph. Seems that while going for conservatives, somebody under-estimated just exactly how many independents were impressed by what appeared to be principled stances on…gee I don’t know…FISA maybe…Faith based programs, maybe. I know that Obama’s statements about marriage angered us, but I doubt that that one single issue could have done this much damage.…I had pretty much decided to vote Green, come November, but frankly, given how close the race has become, I cannot in good conscience do so–not with the stakes this high. I hate feeling like I am voting for the lesser of two evils (again) , but by the same token, every time McCain opens his mouth these days, he makes me more nervous. Even if I did agree with him on most issues (which I don’t) the guy just seems to be incapable of judging the effect before he opens his mouth. Something that has always been a problem but lately it seems like he has no judgment, whatsoever. I can just picture someone with his big mouth as president inadvertently causing problems by not thinking before speaking. Like, say, World War Three, for instance.

There is a great deal of irony in the fact that when Obama pretty much could have done nothing to get me to vote for him, but Voter Stupidity did.

What finally did it for me was this paragraph (from the same article):

When independent candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, who are both in the process of trying to add their names to state ballots, are included in the survey Obama’s margin over McCain grows to 10 percentage points, 46 percent to 36 percent.

The irony of this, too, does not escape me; I remember 2000 all too well. I would love nothing more than to watch Barr and Nader tank the Republican candidate this time. It is just too rich.

Nader should just start a new party. He could run on the Spoiler ticket.




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