Polls this good should not be believed since they sound too good to be true. Obama is up 10 points in Virginia, ahead in Missouri and New Mexico and in the lead in my home state of Indiana -- if he wins Indiana this would, most likely, be a landslide election.
But as in anything in life, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. If the election were held today Obama most certainly would become our 44th president. However, we still have several weeks to go and much good -- or bad -- could certainly happen to derail Obama's large lead in national polls and his leads in historically Republican voting states.
Voters have had to figure out who and what Obama and McCain are all about.
By this time the average voter -- not talking about Joe the Plumber -- is ready for election day. We should know the candidates better than their closest friends at this point with debate after debate during the primary season and the final debate during the general election last night. It is hard to believe that there are still people out there who have not yet made up their minds.
If there is no "game changing" event, then Obama and Biden will head to the White House next January to try to solve our massive economic, financial and foreign policy problems.
Alas, there may indeed be a "game changing October surprise," but other than the capture of Osama bin Laden or the markets actually calming down on a daily basis, it is hard to see what McCain can do to actually win.
Voters see McCain as capable and experienced, but even though he is not George W. Bush (as he so proudly pointed out in last night's debate), one does not really see him as an agent of change. He doesn't seem all that calm during these debates and his "my friends" every few seconds really gets on our collective nerves.
However, I would have to admit that I would like to see more emotion in Obama. He seems almost too serene and self-satisfied. During the final debate, I felt like yelling at him to show some more emotion and to get a little angry.
We don't want a president who thinks issues to death without acting on them. Times are too dire for that. We need a president that will combine the characteristics of a Franklin Roosevelt and an Abraham Lincoln.
If Obama does win, his first one hundred days will be compared to those of Franklin Roosevelt. We have to remember that FDR rose to the occasion of fighting the Depression, restructuring the American economy and putting into place financial safeguards.
Now history judges FDR as one of our three greatest presidents. But when he was first elected president many people thought of him as a dilettante, someone not capable of knowing what the common persons' problems really were.
None of know how Obama will react if he does become our 44th president. Let us hope that we all rally behind him as we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg in this economic and financial meltdown.
What have the debates proven? Most likely they were the vehicle that showed the American voter that Obama has the ability to understand our problems. While McCain has tried to make us wary of Obama because of his lack of experience in national politics, by being in so many debates Obama has become a familiar figure to us. It is hard to be scared of someone we seem to know so well through debates and his commercials.
The name of the game is to get out the vote on election day. The youth vote, which historically has not turned out, needs to come out for this election.
Obama should not sit comfortably on his impressive lead at the moment. Events and conditions can change rapidly in these final weeks of the campaign. Obama staffers should refrain from beginning to think about what role they might play in the White House.
The race is isn't over until all the polls close on November 4th. Political races normally tighten up at the end especially in years when the incumbent in the White House is not running for re-election. Obama and his team of supporters need to "keep their head in the game" and concentrate on winning by getting out the vote and keeping his message concise and clear.
Obama, keep on message, show more emotion and don't worry about the drapes in the White House...at least until November 5th!