Slipping in polls
Obama supporters in the Mainstream Politics room on Paltalk.com were acting like rats on a sinking ship today. Arguing with one another for hours over the best tactics to get the Barack Obama campaign back on track.
The Republicans in the room were openly laughing and mocking them. If representative of the mindset of Democrats across the nation, today's display is not a good sign for Obama. Not at all.
Of course, Sarah Palin's name was mentioned far more than John McCain's. Another reason to make the Republicans smile.
One McCain supporter, mocking the mostly Democratic online crowd, told them how happy he was that they can't attack Palin directly for fear of being viewed as bullies picking on this woman, this mother of five children.
Well, excuse me. Palin is, after all, running for the vice-presidency. So why should the political gloves stay on? The Republicans never showed such concern for Hillary Clinton. Why the double standard?
Later, in a telephone call with a single mom, I mentioned the latest Electoral College poll which gives McCain an edge over Obama.
"I know," she said, her voice choking with emotion.
"I'm worried about my daughter. Her school just fired a bunch of teachers because of budget issues. So now she's in a crowded classroom. I'm really worried about her future. I've just lived through eight years of George Bush, and I don't want to live through four more now."
My friend believes that funding priorities shifted when the president's so-called No Child Left Behind program began. Forcing schools like her daughter's to lay off teachers.
"The Republicans don't care about poor people," she argued.
She says the only welfare the Republicans support is for corporations. Meaning, she believes, that people who need help from the government won't get it if McCain is elected.
"You can't pull yourself up with your boot straps if you can't afford shoe laces."
It was an emotional conversation. Because for her, this is all very personal. She wants her daughter to be well positioned to fend for herself after she is gone.
"People keep buying into the Republican message," she said. "It doesn't matter if it's accurate or not."
Her positions about the Republican platform are, of course, open to debate. But one thing she says seems unchallengeable. The Republicans are much better at staying on message. While the Democrats fight amongst themselves.
One only needs to listen to rooms supporting McCain on Paltalk, and then visit rooms supporting Obama, like Mainstream Politics, to see for themselves.