Obama's current overseas trip is going to end up hurting the Freshman Senator in the long run. Americans don't like their political candidates going overseas to get votes from people who don't even live in the country. It looks arrogant and presumpuous. Plus while Obama has been overseas McCain has been hammering him and talking to people in swing states about issues they care about. Americans generally like having their candidates in the place they want to govern. For instance If I was running for governor of South Carolina going to Arkansas, even to meet with the governor, probably wouldn't help me in my campaign.
Obama at the very best stayed pat during this trip. He may have even lost ground. The truth is if Obama is going to win this election he should be up double-digits. I may have said that before but it bears repeating. I think it's safe to say that McCain will pick up a majority of the undecideds, also known as people who don't want to say their voting Republican, on Election Day. Obama believes he will bring new voters to the polls and maybe he will, but will it be enough? I doubt it. Alot of people think I am crazy, but I still think McCain could win forty states. With Obama saying things like "Israel is Israel's closest friend." It's only a matter on time before he has one of those flubs on the national stage. Perhaps during a debate with McCain, if he ever accepts McCain's challenge.
Obama's other problem is that he comes off more and more has an ordinary politican. He changes his views when it's conveinent, claims he didn't say something or that people misunderstood what he meant. Of course for a candidate with an extensive background on issues this wouldn't be a big deal, but for someone like Obama where all you have to look at is what he has said over the last year and a half, it matters when he switches positions. It makes it easy to paint him as a person who can't make decisions and who lacks judgement. I expect Senator McCain to hit Obama with exactly those two charges from now until the election. Trust me by the first Tuesday in November the shine will have come off the golden boy.
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