Recent CNN polls indicate that Senator Obama has taken the lead in key battleground states such as Florida, Minnesota, Virginia, Nevada, and Missouri. This represents a significant shift in the last two weeks. At the same time, a video of a meeting between John McCain and the staff of the Des Moines register shows an irate John McCain losing his temper, and at times sounding a bit unstrung (see below). When an unseen member of the newspaper stated that Republican conservatives had criticized Governor Palin’s fitness as a candidate, McCain challenged the staff to name someone without giving them the opportunity to do so.
Almost all the polls show that the majority of the independent voters believe that Senator Obama had won the first debate. While Obama talked directly to McCain, and agreed with him on occasion, McCain did not make eye contact with Obama and had a frozen smile on his face whenever Obama said he was wrong about some issue. McCain's tactic of constantly saying that, "Obama doesn't understand" did not have the desired effect. McCain displayed a consistently truculent attitude in relations with Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Starting wars is not the best way of protecting the American people as we have found out with our current president.
McCain's lack of understanding of economic issues and the current crisis facing us has been evident for some time, highlighted by his statement that the, "the economy was fundamentally strong." Recent polls reveal that the voters with the most at stake in the financial crisis, persons with incomes of $75,000 or more and in the age category of 50 through 64 had made a significant in shift in their support of Obama from McCain. McCain is losing and he knows it. As much as Hillary Clinton wanted to become president, McCain needs to become president even more. By becoming president McCain can finally attain a higher rank than his father the Admiral who McCain feared and hated at the same time. This is an opinion, not a fact, but by training I am more than an amateur psychologist.