AP/Yahoo shows the race at 2%; the Battleground at 4% –a huge swing in that poll in a week.
What matters most is the direction of the numbers in each poll, not the size of the gap, and the Joe the Plumber debate has clearly helped McCain as the message takes hold that Obama’s massive tax hikes and pledge of protectionism are sure ways to lock in the misery of the financial crisis while he “spreads the [remaining] wealth” around. Oabam’s plans to re-up the Death Tax also weigh heavily on the Greatest Generation that would prefer to leave the fruit of their hard work to their grandchildren, not the government.
My new Townhall.com column is on Obama’s “spread the wealth” gospel and its impact on the race. I will return to the subject today on air today with more small business owners, whose dismay with Obama’s-Pelosi’s-Reid’s planned campaign against them is palpable. What Obama doesn’t understand is that behind every small business that gets to the level he where he wants to slam new taxes on it, are years and sometimes decades of hard work and low, if any, profits, deferred dreams, and large debts that need to be paid from today’s success as well as tomorrow’s retirement plan to fund. Obama’s plan to loot the small businesses to “spread the wealth” is an explosive issue, as are the doubts as to his judgment when it comes to friends, colleagues and associates. My interview with Rick Davis (transcript below) suggests that McCain-Palin will be pounding both of these issues over the next 18 days –and if Obama hasn’t closed the deal yet with a voter, he won’t be picking up many new ones now.
For examples of the revolt of the small businesses and those they employ and support, see Geraghty (HT: RobinsonandLong.com).
I haven’t heard back from my offer of a three-hour interview with McCain on Obama’s infomercial day, but I hope the campaign takes me up on it. (Of course the same offer is extended to Senator Obama!) I pointed out to Davis yesterday that McCain-Palin haven’t used the talk radio opportunities out there, but perhaps that will change. Extended interviews are what McCain does best and Obama flunks every time. And in every interview, should McCain should talk about Obama’s “spread the wealth” gospel. This Gallup poll shows the depth of hostility in the country to naked redistribution plans, and Obama’s is as naked as they come, thanks to his brief bit of candor with Joe the Plumber.