Illinois Senator Barack Obama enters the General Election with a tight lead, 43% to 38%, over Arizona Senator John McCain, according to a new TIME magazine poll of likely voters. The poll shows Obama gaining only a slight bounce from Hillary Clinton’s departure from the campaign early this month.
Why has Obama failed to achieve the same sort of early lead that Kerry, Gore and even Dukakis established before fading in the fall?
The security issue, of course. You may like Obama a lot, but you know he is the Neville Chamnberlain of the South Side of Chicago, and you also know that it is a very dangerous time to be turning the keys of the Oval Office over to a rookie with an increasingly obvious knowledge and credibility gap to go with his experience gap.
A vote for Obama is a vote for the increased vulnerability of the United States to terror attacks at home and rising Islamist fanaticism abroad.