archiebunker.jpgHas the economy helped Obama cross "The Archie Bunker Divide?" Nate has been crunching recent numbers and says that Obama’s support is strengthening.

Is this backlash against McCain’s ragepalooza erratically teetering toward November? We cannot afford that in a President following the Bush/Cheney "yee haw" policymaking.

But is disgust with McCain — whose stylings have morphed into a crabbier version of the Dole campaign with an added violent tinge to his dwindling angrier mob — and McCain’s rising unfavorables, enough?  

Does the economy explain why Obama’s support is rising while McCain’s is falling among the white middle class "Archie Bunker" voters?  Is the "Bradley Effect" dead — or just subsumed by economic fear?  George Packer may have an answer:

Recently, people in Ohio have told me that voters there have started to shift toward Obama. Gabe Kramer, of the S.E.I.U., said that, after the first Presidential debate and amid the financial crisis, union members seemed to find Obama’s ideas and manner more persuasive than before. But even if Obama wins he will still have to overcome the deep skepticism of struggling Americans. For Barbie Snodgrass, who has a modest amount of stock in a retirement plan, the meltdown has turned this election into a make-or-break one, tipping her away from McCain without convincing her that she can trust Obama….

The economy is the engine driving this change.  You can feel it building, spending any time around working folks struggling to make ends meet.  However, something else in the last few weeks has turned the tide against McCain — and, honestly, that something has been McCain himself. Obama has been closing the deal — recent ads and speeches are good examples, as was this Trumka speech to steelworkers.

But McCain’s own piss poor, erratic ranting has helped Obama close the Archie Bunker divide. Oh, the irony…

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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