Good news from CNN. By 2 to 1, Americans are blaming the GOP for the financial meltdown (30 yrs of hype about "markets are good, govt is bad"). But it's interesting to see where Obama is making gains. The emotional hysteria & hype of the "outrage industry" and hate radio are not having the same effect they once had. Maybe the shock value of that has worn off. Gains are occuring "In two core McCain constituencies: men, who now narrowly favor Obama, and seniors, who have also flipped from McCain to Obama," said Bill Schneider, a CNN senior political analyst. When including people most likely to vote, the results are pretty much the same. Among likely voters, Obama has a four-point lead, 51 percent to 47 percent. [the trick that the right-wing partisan polls use is to ignore whether people are likely to vote or not.] A CNN Poll of Polls calculated Monday also shows Obama leading McCain -- 49 percent to 44 percent. " So maybe there is more common sense in the US than I give it credit for. I do think Obama needs to help the country see McCain's nasty side by provoking it in the debates. He's like a rattle snake, sitting, smiling & hissing on the side of the road, until suddenly he sees an opening, strikes, hits hard, and then gets this truly bizarre grin on his face about how pleased he is with himself. The whole point is for McCain seems to please himself, and show that at age 72 he still has venom. It's narcissism, like Bush's and Palin's. Infantile behavior. Do you think that infantile behavior will work in McCain's favor this time? Or will the financial crisis help people sober up, and make them think twice about electing a guy whose primary claim to fame is that he can get pissed off, and has a hot babe at his side?