Obama Ties Clinton in USA Today/Gallup Poll

The early debates have minimal impact as few watch them. The early polls, especially national ones, have little predictive value. Still, after seeing Hillary Clinton dominate this week’s debate, I was pleased to see the news that Barack Obama has tied Clinton in the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll.

I may change my feelings about the candidates several times as I both see them campaign and find out more about them, but after Bill Richardson’s poor performances in both debates and on Meet the Press, Obama is now edging him out for my first choice. It’s too bad Richardson couldn’t get Wolf Blitzer to ask for a show of hands of candidates who support legalization of medicinal marijuana. Depending upon the responses of the other candidates, this could have given Richardson a boost. Of course Blitzer would have asked a question along the lines of how the candidates would feel about using marijuana while there is a ticking bomb in Los Angeles and Jack Bower is busy torturing potential informants for information.

Hillary’s clear debate victory isn’t enough for her to win my support, but this, accompanied by John Edwards’ poor showing, has edged Hillary ahead of Edwards for the moment. I’m still waiting to hear the details of Clinton’s health care plan to really decide on her. The other beneficiary of the debate was Chris Dodd. Previously I haven’t paid much attention to him, but he caught my attention when he answered the final question with making restoration of our Constitutional rights a top priority. The other big loser after the last debate, besides Bill (I’m Governor of New Mexico) Richardson and John (Four And A Half Years Late) Edwards, was Dennis Kucinich. After his “teaching moment” blaming the Democrats for George Bush’s war, Kucinich has now joined Mike Gravel in the “you must be joking” tier of my personal rankings.

Basically, it’s still no friggin’ clue as to who I’ll ultimately support.

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  1. 1
    janet says:

    Al Gore was rip roaring in Seattle last night on his book tour. The tickets sold out in three minutes so I wasn’t able to go.

    Just sayin’…..!

  2. 3
    Ron Chusid says:

    Yes, a Gore entry into the race could change everything.

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