Now almost a month after John McCain selected Sara Palin as his running mate, does it still seem like such a great idea? The latest polls show Barack Obama ahead of McCain by 9 percentage points, and the difference, no surprise, is the economy.
“More voters trust Obama to deal with the economy, and he currently has a big edge as the candidate who is more in tune with the economic problems Americans now face. He also has a double-digit advantage on handling the current problems on Wall Street, and as a result, there has been a rise in his overall support. The poll found that, among likely voters, Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent. Two weeks ago, in the days immediately following the Republican National Convention, the race was essentially even, with McCain at 49 percent and Obama at 47 percent.”
Even with the tremendous show of support that Republican activists demonstrated for Palin, the unravelling economy has exposed McCain on his weakest issue. Neither McCain nor Obama has been particularly strong in recent days — being forced to the sidelines by unexpected events. But Obama has the benefit of being from the opposition party. By definition, he represents a change in approach; McCain, more of the same.
Given those conditions, I stand by my earlier argument that Mitt Romney would have been the best running mate for McCain. Furthermore, I’ve heard the same thing — unsolicited — from committed Obama supporters.