T minus six days and counting. The latest Gallup dailies (among likely voters using the traditional model) have the gap at 2-3%, which is closer than the 4-5% a week ago. And an Obama campaign official discloses that the Obama campaign discounts stated poll results and sees the race tightening up in key states. I know, that is what they are likely to say just to keep campaign workers from slacking off. But unless your position is that the guy is just straight out lying, it sounds like the numbers the press is running with are not the same numbers that the people with money on the table (the campaigns) are using.
Polling is one of two themes I've been following the last couple of weeks. The other is media bias. Here's a story about a couple of journalists over at Politico who come clean on media bias in favor of Obama in a story titled "Why McCain is getting hosed in the press." Incredibly, they still manage to claim that "for most journalists, professional obligations trump personal preferences." Yet here's what they say later in the story:
[T]he media often presumes bad faith on McCain’s part. The best evidence of this has been the intense focus on the negative nature of his ads, when it is clear Obama has been similarly negative in spots he airs on radio and in swing states.
You can read the whole piece and come to your own conclusions. For me, it's just another indication that most journalists -- even highly respected ones -- couldn't reason their way out of a cardboard box. Either their bias subverts their ability to reason or the capacity simply isn't there.