Slip-sliding away

What a difference a month makes. It appears the winds are shifting on the presidential campaign trail as McCain makes a surprise comeback in the polls.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a sharp turnaround, Republican John McCain has opened a 5-point lead on Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential race and is seen as a stronger manager of the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama’s solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll.

The McCain surge is being attributed to the recent attack ads which highlighted his opponent’s opposition to offshore drilling and grandiose overseas trip. I believe the latter hurt Barry more than anything else.  Armed with an impressive lead only a month ago and assuming that victory was in the bag, the Golden Boy got cocky and decided to embark upon a little ‘tortoise and hare’ victory dance overseas. But the image of “world citizen” Barack Obama strutting around the stage soaking up the adulation of 200,000 Germans just didn’t set well the folks back home. It was a gross miscalculation that sent a clear message to American voters: “Yeah, yeah I’ll get back to you… but I have something more important to do over HERE first.”

Much has been made about Obama’s youth as it correlates to his inexperience. But let’s not forget another trait that also comes with his youth… arrogance. It permeates every decision this guy makes. Try to imagine that smarmy student in your college philosophy class — the one who always took smug delight in challenging the professor — suddenly deciding he was qualified to be President of the United States. There you have Barack Obama.

But what about Obamamania? This phenomena has bothered conservatives for quite some time… myself included. His rock star momentum at one time seemed unstoppable. But I recently remembered something about rock stars: some of them are “overnight sensations” who lose their fame as quickly as it comes. Obama may very well be the Menudo of presidential candidates. Remember all the screaming when they hit the American scene in the 80s? Fans can be fickle and often once that shine is gone… it’s gone. Just ask one of the former Menudo boys. “Fame is fleeting” he will tell you as as he pepares your cheeseburger.