POLITICS

Three Out Of Four

11/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama is now at or above 50% in three of the four tracking polls.

Hotline/Diageo has it at 48-42. Gallup has it as 50-42. Rasmussen has it as 51-45. And Daily Kos/R2000 shows the biggest lead of all: 52-40.

But with good news comes bad. Unless McCain decides to give up the campaign, he's going to go nook-yoo-ler. That will probably have a negative impact on Obama's poll numbers, and it might even dominate news coverage for a short period of time, because conflict is sexy.

The challenge for us, as supporters of Obama, is going to be simple: we can't overreact to McCain's coming attacks, and we need to see them for what they are: desperate attempts to distract attention away from the fundamental issue in this race, which is reversing course from the disastrous path charted George Bush and the GOP over the past eight years.

So even if the race gets a little closer, we can't freak out about it. The poll numbers aren't what matters. The bile behind John McCain's attacks aren't what matters. All that really matters is getting this country out of the rut that John McCain's policies has put it in. Everything else is background noise. And as long as we stay focused, we win.

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