New polling data shows that Obama's advantage over McCain has probably been wiped out. Several polls now have McCain within the margin of error. I had the feeling that Obama would have a fight on his hands because he was never able to pull away. Back in June I mentioned that Obama should be way ahead of McCain at this point. So why isn't Obama pulling away in the polls? Some believe that it has to do with tensions within the Democratic Party. But that may be a convenient way to avoid the elephant in the room.
I believe that Race is playing more of a role in this than people want to admit. I have a hard time believing that there would be this much lingering doubt about any of the white candidates who took part in the primary. I have my own issues with Obama, particularly with his foreign policy for which he tries to model after Neoconservative warhawks. There is no "change" there at all.... more like business as usual. That's one of the reasons why Obama has not compelled me to vote.
Another problem for Obama has been negative media coverage. Yes he gets significant coverage, but not all of that coverage has been positive for him. On the other hand, McCain tends to get off easy, even when significant questions arise about his character, and how he would perform as President. No reporter wants to be seen as the media boogey man who challenged the War Hero and former POW. So McCain is protected in a way that Obama is not.... not to mention the Race advantage.
Another problem for Obama has been that he has allowed McCain to co-opt a lot of his platform. All of a sudden, McCain is the alternative energy candidate? Obama should have never allowed McCain to transform himself this way and steal his ideas.....ideas that Obama has been speaking about for a couple of years at least. McCain didn't start vigorously discussing the need to end dependence on foreign oil (as a priority) until a couple of months ago. Obama has to reclaim that issue as something positive for him and never allow his opponent to steal any part of his platform again.
Has Obama lost his message?