That’s Yoda-speak for the results of a recent New York Times and CBS poll that revealed that for the first time in this race, more Americans trust Obama to repair our limping economy than Mitt Romney.
This is a stark change from the same poll taken two months ago in which Romney held a 49% to 41% edge in response to the question of which candidate would do a better job handling the economy.
What, I wonder, is responsible for this shift in perspective? Has Obama finally struck an inspiring chord in the hearts and minds of the unemployed American electorate? Or, now that he’s had his primetime moment, have Romney’s blemishes, incompetences and inadequacies finally been revealed? Maybe both.
The recent poll also found that voters believe Obama would do a better job handling foreign policy by a margin of 49% to 39%, Medicare by a margin of 50 to 43 and taxes by a margin of 48 to 46.
Currently the Huffington Post, which combines all known polling systems, gives Obama a four-point edge in the race. To further evidence the trend, the Gallup poll recently found that Obama holds a seven-point advantage.
Let’s re-trace the steps over the last few weeks to see if we can’t illuminate the catalyst of this trajectory. Join me. It’ll be fun, I promise.
The Republican Convention anticlimaxed with an underwhelming Romney staring eerily and tranquilly into the camera while trying to convince Americans that he was not only a real human, but a human with concrete, definitive ideas for improving America.
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