I don’t know as much about polls as many do. In fact, I know very little about them except that they are sometimes wrong. Sometimes kinda wrong and sometimes very wrong. I also know they are used to shape public opinion as well as reflect it. I think a lot of that is going on right now. I am going to keep plugging away to help McCain win in my state of NC, as well as many down ballot candidates here, and I suggest you all do the same.
Check in to read Wizbang as often as possible, but instead or arguing with those who are hard and fast for one candidate or the other in the comments section, I would suggest you talk to friends and neighbors and family members about why they should vote for John McCain and the Republican ticket. No need to “get in their face” as Obama put it to his followers, just talk to them like you normally would. In a post later I’ll do a quick rundown of what I think the main points are that undecided voters need to know. Mainly though, make sure those who vote Republican realize there is more reason than ever to turn out to vote this election.
McCain certainly is at a disadvantage, in more ways than one, and has a steep hill to climb, but as Sarah Palin said in Florida, you don’t cut down the nets until the basketball game is over. Obama has reportedly rented the stadium, ordered the caviar, put together his transition team and written his inaugural address, but the buzzer has not sounded yet. His Dean Smith four corners defense may allow him to sit on his lead until election day, but there is still a week for anything to happen. Take this with a grain of salt, but this comment, is an example of some of the things I am hearing from those who (like Palin) say the election has not actually taken place yet.
Update: Interesting NC news. Political campaign veterans Gary Pearce (Dem) and Carter Wrenn (Rep) both believe Obama will fall short in NC. Pearce says McCain will likely win NC, but at a steep price since the close race here has required McCain to spend precious time and resources in NC rather than in other battleground states where he is behind. Both cite race as a factor. I don’t know what to believe. It is hard to get a feel here. Since I am in a very red county I have a slanted view, but am hearing from people in other parts of the state who believe McCain will win. I keep thinking back to the primary and how Obama’s support was so underestimated in the polls leading up to election day. He ended up winning overwhelmingly. I would not be surprised with either outcome in NC.