Barack Obama's juggernaut rose on a (really) unpopular Republican presidency, an unpopular war, and a lousy economy. So why is John McCain suddenly ahead in the polls? Politico tracks five trends that have thrown the Democrats for a loop:
- McCain successfully established himself as a change agent, eroding Obama’s central brand
- Sarah Palin gives disenchanted Republicans someone to fervently cheer for
- Crucial swing voters are moving to McCain’s camp—and it’s not just Palin-struck women. Post RNC, McCain gained a 5-point approval from white men and a 4-point approval from white women.
- Obama’s lead as the candidate best able to goose the flagging economy is quickly slipping
- Republican ranks swelled after the RNC, with official party numbers jumping from 39% to 47% of voters