Enough already, let’s just vote!

Seems that both Obama and McCain are dogged down in these Summer days of July. Obama has been unable to open a lead over McCain, which seems like he should have already done. Plus, McCain has been unable to find a stride and take advantage of Obama’s gaffes. It seems the two of them are just stagnating until the debates and conventions happen.

Report on this from Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is the summer-time blues for both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

Despite a political environment favorable to him, Obama has yet to build a substantial lead over McCain in national opinion polls and lately has been defending himself against charges of making policy shifts to endear himself to centrist voters.

For McCain, his campaign has been unable to take advantage of the opening Obama has given him, causing concern and frustration among some Republicans who already are worried about the party’s prospects in the Nov. 4 election.

National opinion polls give Obama a lead with four months to go until Election Day but his advantage is not insurmountable.

A Pew Research Center survey conducted in late June put Obama up over McCain 48 percent to 40 percent, while Gallup’s daily tracking poll has Obama ahead 46-43.

This is despite political headwinds that face Republicans: A sagging U.S. economy, $4-a-gallon gasoline and an unpopular Republican President George W. Bush.

Political experts say voters still appear to have some doubts about the 46-year-old Obama, a first-term Illinois senator.

“He still has not crossed the threshold of the voters’ comfort level,” said Democratic strategist Bud Jackson. On the other hand, said Jackson, “he already has a lead despite the fact that he is less well-known and he has more room to gain than John McCain.”

Another Democratic strategist, Jim Duffy, said the usually sure-footed Obama camp’s handling of a controversy over his policy shifts has raised eyebrows.

Call this somewhat of a personal rant, however, I’ve been feeling this way for a little while now. These candidates are simply reacting to the news of the day, not shaping it or offering concrete policy solutions to long term problems. Even when they do, it’s largely ignored in favor the daily tit-for-tat between the two.

I’m thinking America has now had nearly a year and a half of this 2008 presidential election campaign and they’re getting a bit burnt out. I’m sure there will be a upswing once some VP’s are named and we head into the debates.

It is interesting though that neither Obama nor McCain have found a niche which gives them an edge. McCain is holding onto a tight race while Obama hasn’t been able to pull ahead in the polls, as predicted he would by the media.

  • Voter in TX

    “Obama has been unable to open a lead over McCain,”

    Did you miss the RCP Poll Averages on the front page of your site? lol

  • Christopher Schwinger

    What SHOULD interest people–and it WOULD if the media gave it any coverage–is Chuck Baldwin’s campaign. He’s opposed to amnesty, opposed to a North American Union, a proponent of religious freedom (without government interference), and believes the Constitution is the law of the land. Obama doesn’t go that far in his statements. And McCain is even worse than Obama, in my opinion, because he claims to be dedicated to protecting our borders, and then meets with La Raza straightaway.

  • Voter in TX,

    I meant Obama’s lead on the RCP poll has not been stable for a very long time. Some polls still have them tied depending on the poll. On average he appears to have a 5 point lead, however, if you look at the trend lines, it has been up and down, nothing definitive.

    The point is that Obama has not broke out some 10 point lead which has proven consistent. Most of the polls are still tied within the margin of error. He may be “leading” by a couple points but that’s hardly something to crow about considering everyone thinks he should be 10 points ahead or more.

    In fact, here is a Rasmussen poll from Sunday showing them in a dead heat:

    http://rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    Here’s Newsweek showing Obama up by 3, tied within the margin of error:

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/145737

    Therefore, despite the RCP average, Obama has NOT opened up any substantial lead as it’s still be within a few points or tied altogether. Plus you’ll notice the RCP average on the site here only has Obama up by 3.8% instead of 5%, which means the trend is heading back toward being tied.

  • Rayven

    That was shown to prove that you may not be getting all the facts. to hear the fox news story and the AP news story . There are plenty of examples bias and simple not getting the facts right,and making a big deal about nothing.not other media outlet are better.

  • Babs

    Nate, this was also posted on Cyber Alert, and I thought it was interesting (concerning the polls):

    “Three weeks ago when a Newsweek poll put Democrat Barack Obama 15 points ahead of Republican John McCain, the ABC and CBS evening newscasts highlighted the out of sync finding. But when a new Newsweek survey released Friday placed Obama a mere three points in front of McCain, neither ABC’s World News nor the CBS Evening News mentioned it on Friday or Saturday night. “A startling new poll,” fill-in CBS Evening News anchor Russ Mitchell announced during the Friday, June 20 newscast, “Barack Obama now leads John McCain nationwide by 15 points, 51 to 36 percent. This according to Newsweek.” The next night, Saturday, June 21, ABC World News anchor David Muir pointed to “a new poll from Newsweek magazine that shows Barack Obama opening a 15-point lead over John McCain.” Newsweek’s Jonathan Darman failed to consider the inaccuracy of the earlier poll as he expressed his befuddlement on Friday with the slim 44 to 41 lead for Obama: “Perhaps most puzzling is how McCain could have gained traction in the past month.” “

  • nzpudding

    Polls are pretty meaningless at the moment until the back end of September and beginning of October, when they get a bit more meaningful. People are Poll number nuts, the only poll that’s going to matter is the one on November 4th after people have voted.

  • rick

    bring back hillary, she will make mince meat out of these two loser. Obamadoesnt know his left foot from his right. Mccain is clueless. Ai least with Hillary we have someone stable, American ahd expirenced. Time for obama to go back to chicago and STAY there.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    On the theory that half a loaf of conservatism is better for their country than no crumbs at all, these patriotic Americans are willing to close their eyes to the loss of much of what they stand for, in order to have the Republican Party win.

    –Robert Welch, 1958

  • Babs

    I agree, nz, polls drive me nuts if I pay attention to them.

  • nzpudding

    The Clintons are so corrupt it beggars belief. That said, probably no more so than the Bush Family.