[Posted by WLS]
Travel back in time with me to June 20, 2008, following the concession by Hillary Clinton and the coronation of Barack Obama as the Democrat nominee and Presidential Man in Waiting:
Consider the words of Michael Hirsh at Newsweek:
Barack finally has his bounce. For weeks many political experts and pollsters have been wondering why the race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain had stayed so tight, even after the Illinois senator wrested the nomination from Hillary Clinton. With numbers consistently showing rock-bottom approval ratings for President Bush and a large majority of Americans unhappy with the country’s direction, the opposing-party candidate should, in the normal course, have attracted more disaffected voters. Now it looks as if Obama is doing just that. A new NEWSWEEK Poll shows that he has a substantial double-digit lead, 51 percent to 36 percent, over McCain among registered voters nationwide.
Ah, but bouncing on the knee of the electorate can be such a fickle thing:
Newsweek for July 10: Obama 44, McCain 41.
Update: I almost forgot: McCain leads with independents, 41-34.