Check out this pic, esp the last sentence. "Powered chiefly by the public's economic concerns, Obama leads John McCain by 10 points among likely voters, 53-43 percent, in this ABC News/Washington Post poll. Though every race is different, no presidential candidate has come back from an October deficit this large in pre-election polls dating to 1936. " Full story here. But I am still worried about McCain's campaign trying to re-fuel racist hatreds, and sending out Palin as the new George Wallace. Where are the pastors and politicians in his "religious base" who are reminding people about the attacks on Jesus precisely because he associated with prostitutes and thieves? Where are these "christians" pointing out the obvious, that McCain & Palin are doing exactly the same thing, for exactly the same reasons? If the GOP base is religious, shouldn't they have a kind of instant, allergic, very negative reaction to anything that even comes close to this kind of truly vicious behavior? More importantly, if they are truly serious about the US, and serious about the middle east, or terrorism, don't they realize that inflaming tribal hatreds and encouraging tribal warfare is the best way to break down a diverse society? Isn't this what is happening with Sunnis & Shias? Isn't this what happened in Bosnia, Somalia, in Germany in the 30s? How can they be serious about patriotism, or serious about the US and the complexity of its social and political problems, and encourage us to engage in the same behavior that has ruined other countries?