Monday, June 30, 2008

The 'unity' bounce

After a week of tied or nearly-tied numbers in the Gallup daily tracking poll, Barack Obama's opened up a 5-point lead (47%-42%) over John McCain in the past couple of days.

This poll bounce exactly coincides with the media tongue-bath Obama received for his Friday event with Hillary Clinton in Unity, N.H. It may reflect a long-term gain or maybe not, but either way it's certainly a function of the extravagantly fond media attention the Democrats got on Friday. And Saturday. And Sunday.

Considering how the media continues to lay palm fronds at the feet of St. Obama, it's some kind of miracle that Gallup shows His Hopeyness with only 5-point lead. But don't worry, with five points (and two fishes) he can feed thousands.

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