Democrat Barack Obama, running a presidential campaign that's raising money at a record clip, has won the endorsement of a widely admired Republican and former member of President Bush's Cabinet.
Republicans always feared a pounding in this year's congressional elections, but the shockwaves of the Wall Street crisis may inflict a bloodbath on President George W. Bush's demoralized party.
Still reeling from 2006 mid-term polls which saw Democrats wrench away their control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Republicans look set to take further losses in a toxic political climate.
The misadventures of Joe the Plumber were just the latest stumble for Republican John McCain as he veers from one idea to another in a thus-far elusive quest to slow Barack Obama's momentum.
Medicare has become a new focal point in the presidential campaign, with Democratic nominee Barack Obama accusing Republican John McCain of seeking "cuts in benefits, eligibility, or both."
Elderly voters are sure to take notice of such statements being made in a 30-second television ad that the Obama campaign will air in some crucial swing states. Obama hit the same theme in a campaign appearance Friday in Virginia.
When it comes to the public's image of John McCain, it's as if somebody dialed the electricity down in the past month. For Barack Obama, the juice is still flowing.
People's regard for the Republican presidential nominee has deteriorated across-the-board since September, an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll showed Friday, with McCain losing ground in how favorably he's seen and in a long list of personal qualities voters seek in White House contenders.
In the Washington offices of the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, anxious staff members spend more times polishing their resumes than working towards the November election.
If the 49th presidential debate Wednesday night didn't clarify which candidate you support, you probably don't really want to vote anyway.
Despite the polls in Obama's favor, we don't know for certain whether he or John McCain will win Nov. 4. There are voters who don't tell pollsters the truth (on race, for one thing). Another October surprise could roil the waters again.
We're all free to speculate, but we don't know if we'll have a close outcome or a lopsided one.
To belabor the boxing metaphor, John McCain may have won Wednesday night's debate on points but it clearly wasn't enough to reverse his campaign, now staggering in the late rounds.
All Barack Obama had to do was play rope-a-dope, bob-and-weave and if he took a blow not show it. Obama was cool, cerebral and unflappable, frustrating the more visceral McCain.
So now, in the midst of a financial disaster, presidential polls indicate we will elect Barack Obama, the man who practically cheered this mess on and now promotes ideas that would worsen it.
I know, I know, he's a saint, and it doesn't matter that he emerged out of a shady Chicago political machine. Or that his community organizer days accomplished nothing. Or that he hobnobbed with a racist preacher and a now-convicted influence peddler. Or that he evaded tough issues with "present" votes in the Illinois legislature.
"The only involvement I've had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor-voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs."
Thus spoke Barack Obama in Wednesday's debate against John McCain. Obama's statement was clear, definitive, and stunningly untrue.