(Hubdub has to have the best representation yet of how the candidates are doing in each of the various states. Follow this link to see a chart that tells you at a glance how they compare in each state.)
Looks like all the bad news about the economy has boosted Obama's chances of winning the presidency. This makes sense as, like Bush last night, Obama's been talking for a long time about how bad things are in the economy. Since the condition of the economy is partially driven by people's perceptions and expectations, doesn't that give both politicians some culpability for making things worse?
I'm not saying politicians should ignore problems in the economy, but they could be much more hopeful in their pronouncements. Unfortunately, instead of saying:
"Things may seem a little tough right now, but our economy is fundamentally strong, Americans are hard workers, and like every other challenge America has faced in the past, we will rise above this and get through it together."Instead, they are saying some form of:
"Without me, you are doomed. It is only by giving me more power will you be saved. You can do nothing to stop this. Only the government can save you."Take note of who the focus in on.
P.S. -- Ronald Reagan shows us how it should be done: