'Wooden' McCain Could Win By Default

Campaign wunderkind Obama should be doing better
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 28, 2008 10:15 AM CDT
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. arrives at Midway Airport in Chicago Saturday, July 26, 2008.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – John McCain is a “wooden” candidate running a poor campaign, while Barack Obama is “the most spectacular campaigner of his generation”—so why can’t Obama climb over the 50% mark in polls?  It’s a matter of the white working men Obama hasn’t convinced, writes Robert Novak in the Washington Post. As it stands, McCain could “back into the presidency, just as he backed into his party's nomination.”

The problem for Obama is the undecided 10%-15% of the country, largely made up of whites. His trip abroad was meant to win them over—but it didn’t look good when he disagreed with Gen. David Petraeus, or when he stuck to talking points when asked if the troop surge he opposed had worked. McCain is “dangerously close” in the polls—Novak says it’s time for Obama to “close the deal.”