The voters have finally turned their attention to the candidate. The Ole Miss Debate at Oxford, Missisippi was a chance to see Obama and McCain, side by side in a debate setting. It probably did little for those voters who already made up their mind, but it gave the uncommitted voters a chance to see the differences between Obama and McCain.
Obama, clearly benefited from this more scruitinized look by the voters. Now a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll gives Obama an edge in the debate and an edge in the weekly opinion poll by 8 percentage points. The stakes are rising in the presidential election and the candidate face more intense scrutinity from voters in the remining debates. With Sarah Palin, facing intense scrutinity from conservatives who want her off the ticket, McCain will have some serious issues to deal with this week.
Palin’s popularity has dropped considerable over the weeks since her selection by John Mccain as his Vice-Presidential running mate. Since that time because of a series of interviews, Palin has proven to be unknowledgeable and has looked terrible.
This is a crucial week for John McCain, who faces tough decisions on whether he keep Palin or cave into conservative Republicans and move her off the ticket. Look for the rhetoric in this area to increase this week and in the weeks to come.