Tracking Polls Show McCain Ahead of Obama – Let the Waffling Begin

This is the exact break the Republicans are looking for.

Tracking polls from this past week have McCain in a dead heat with, or ahead of Obama for the first time. So what is Obama’s response?

Thursday he reportedly backed off of his firm promise to withdraw combat forces from Iraq immediately. He is now saying that he instead could “refine” his plan after a trip to Baghdad in the coming weeks. A top Obama adviser had said that the senator is not “wedded” to a specific timeline.  The phrase, “going to do a thorough assessment,” in regards to troop withdrawal, is now on the table all of the sudden.  Obama stated, “When I go to Iraq and I have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I’m sure I’ll have more information and will continue to refine my policies,” according to CBS News. “I have been consistent, throughout this process, that I believe the war in Iraq was a mistake.”  Later Obama said he still intends to “stick to the timeline.”

Can you smell those waffles cooking?

At a second meeting with reporters, Obama said:

“We’re going to try this again. Apparently I wasn’t clear enough this morning on my position with respect to the war in Iraq. … I have said throughout this campaign that … I would bring our troops home at a pace of one to two brigades per month and at that pace we would have our combat troops out in 16 months. That position has not changed. I have not equivocated on that position. I am not searching for maneuvering room with respect to that position. “What I said this morning and what I will repeat because it’s consistent with what I’ve said over the last two years is that in putting this plan together, I will always listen to the advice of commanders on the ground, but that ultimately, I’m the person who is making the strategic decisions.”

David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, began backing off during remarks Wednesday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” saying “a phased withdrawal, with benchmarks for the Iraqi government to meet, that called for strategic pauses, based on the progress on these benchmarks and advice on the commanders on the ground.” “He’s always said that he would listen to the advice of commanders on the ground, that that would factor into his thinking,” Axelrod said. “He’s also always said that we had to be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. So he’s been very consistent on this point.”

As you might imagine, The Republican National Committee is licking their chops, and already has plans to make an issue of Obama’s indecisive language regarding troop withdrawal.

You think he needs those 43% of Democrats who want Hillary now?

I’m thinking he does.

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10 responses to “Tracking Polls Show McCain Ahead of Obama – Let the Waffling Begin

  1. huntingdonpost

    I have joined the US Presidential Sit Out This is to vote down-ticket candidates, but not president because I can’t vote for McCain or Obama. The DNC shoved this guy at us and now we have an anti-handgun control, pro-death penalty, pro-FISA Democratic candidate. How screwed up is that?

  2. To be clear, Barack sided with Alito inasmuch as the Justice said we can’t ban handguns, but we CAN regulate them. That’s fair. I am against the death-penalty except in the most extreme situations. Child rape certainly fits that criteria. And we absolutely MUST have some kind of FISA bill, Barack is willing to accept this compromise, even though it’s not perfect in his view.
    That’s not “screwed-up” from my perspective.

  3. I don’t know Kurt. Obama is sounding more ‘Republican-Lite’ to me every day. Maybe not “screwed up” but certainly less and less progressive.

  4. It all comes down to the words themselves now and not what the candidate believes I guess. Obama was against the war from the start and McCain was not. Who do you think will push a plan to bring the troops home quicker?

    Really, we need to stop with the flip flopping and the waffling remarks because Obama is still a politician when it comes right down to it. Let’s not hold him to a higher standard then McCain. The issues are more important then the candidate and we need to keep our eye on the ball.

  5. MJ,

    I agree completely, but I’m still interested in actually ‘winning’ this November. With that said, I think the last thing Obama needs to do at this stage of the game is engage in wholesale position changes – especially on Iraq. 60% of all Americans think the war was wrong and want the troops home ASAP. Why toy with his position on the war issue?? It doesn’t make sense to me. Why give the Republicans any reason at all to start the ‘flip-flopping’ thing (anyone who says the phrase should be throttled)again? Just go for the throat and be done with this. McCain will hang himself in the end.

    John ‘More of the Same’ McCain. Let’s start that drumbeat.

  6. bill

    hey mj do your self a favor and study both politicians quit watching the media and educate yourself on each candidate. do you realize obamas wife sits on the board with the rainbow coalition w/ luis farrakahns wife. would it be okay if McCains wife sat on the board with the naawp w/ david dukes wife. chicago illinois is the murder capital of the united states, one of the biggest welfare states and has a section 8 housing crisis. tell me one thing this racist has done in the senate one thing mj tell me. hillary got robbed most americans are in a haze and you should be greatful that we have not been attacked in almost 8 years. oh yeah when did the economy take a nose dive mj mmmmmm 2.5 years ago mmmmmmmmmm does nancy pelosi ring a bell mmmmm nancy pelosi promised that the dems would get gas prices down. im waiting. harry reid said lets not drill we wouldnt see a price difference in 6 years. mmmmmmmmmm didnt bush propose that 6 years ago. hurray for the dems swift action. also isnt it the same cia director who bill clinton awarded the job to say that iraq possesed wmds and majority of dems voted to go to iraq. didnt bush say this war on terror would take many years. no 9/11 was centuries ago according to dumbass americans. oh yeah read baracks book if you are white you better be scared. read his book and read McCains and you decide who the true american is. oh yeah wasnt it McCain who was a thorn in bushes ass. wasnt he the one who said from the get go we need a troop surge. guess what mj i hate to ruin your day but its working. sorry mj we are winning the war.hussein will win and we will have change all right.i admit bush made mistakes especially on illegal aliens by the way we spend more each year on illegal aliens than we have the past 4 years on iraq. bet you didnt know that the media wont release that because hussein needs the vote. lets ship out the illegals then we can all afford health insurance. cheaper car insurance. thats realty but as a white man i can no longer speak my mind because i would be labeled as a racist.

  7. Matt…

    I agree that Obama should not move to the “center” on some issues but what I was trying to say is just forget about the campaign rhetoric. Remember, Bush ran as “compassionate moderate”. LOL We have a pretty good idea what both candidates will do once in office and the people need to vote accordingly.


    I missed your comment there buddy. I am really tired of the Hillary supports who just can’t get past the fact she that she lost in the primaries.

    I took a look at the facebook page you linked to and the information section was a bunch of nonsense and this was the worse part…

    “Barack Obama says we have no choice but to vote for him if we are women, LGBT, African American, or just plain Democrats.”

    Really now? I wonder were Obama is quoted to say that? That statement sounds like it was crafted for the under 85 IQ Democrat crowd.

    Back to your comment…

    “The DNC shoved this guy at us and now we have an anti-handgun control, pro-death penalty, pro-FISA Democratic candidate. How screwed up is that?”

    The DNC did not shove Obama down our throats. Obama won because he had more votes (in record numbers) and delegates within the rules (even if were wrong) before anyone voted.

    It’s bad Obama is against hand gun control? I don’t want people walking around with concealed weapons when I go to the mall, the parks, or a college class. I see to many assholes walking around as it is and rather not have them packing also. Hillary is also for gun control including hand guns so not sure how differs from Obama.

    Ummm… Hillary is also pro-death penalty and maybe you should do a little research in regards to Hillary and FISA. This whole statement was just more nonsense like the facebook page link.

    YES, it does MATTER if you VOTE and not voting is a waste of your vote. I think it sucks that we only have a two party system but that is what we have to work with now. The people voted against their own interests the last two elections and we need not do that again. Democrats not casting a vote will end up being a vote for McCain. Democracy is based on compromise which is what a politician does when passing a bill or a citizen does when casting a vote for a candidate.

    While Hillary was not my first choice, I would have no problem voting for her if she had won the nomination. I just can’t understand the selfish mentality of some Hillary supports who can’t move on. I am beginning to think most of them are not real Hillary supports or Democrats since they seem to rather have McCain in the White House.

  8. bill,

    You definitely said a mouthful. I want to pick out a few things.

    First off, if you’re going to poke at someone, get all of your facts straight, and don’t submit comments on my blog that are filled with baseless lies. Your comment sounds mostly like talking points from FOX News, rather than good critical analysis.

    1) Michelle Obama does not sit on the Rainbow/PUSH board. Here is a link to current board members:

    She’s not there. She was seen with Farakan’s wife at a luncheon – that’s it.

    Link here:

    2) Illinois ranked 16th in murders in 2006, and also seems to be ranked 16th in 2007 by sources I checked. Here’s one:

    3)The commodities market and fat cat oil companies are driving prices up. Pelosi, nor Bush, nor anyone else can change that. Give me a break buddy.

    4)I read Barack’s book too. If I’m white I should be scared?????? Scared of what? What does he say in his book that is so threatening to white people??????

    5)The war is working? If you call bankrupting our country and selling our soul to the Chinese to finance it working – then okay I guess. Fact is, violence is down marginally in Iraq after an influx of troops and a gross amount of cash (which the Dems voted for just weeks ago). I will make a prediction – the minute we begin to pull out in any significant numbers, there will be a meltdown. Just a thought.

    Bill, if you’re going to comment here, please provide sources for your data, otherwise stick to conservative blogs. They dig your sort of convenient evidence – deceptive as it may be.

  9. The Red Pill

    @MJ: “It all comes down to the words themselves now and not what the candidate believes I guess.”

    “Don’t tell me words don’t matter! ‘I have a dream’, just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self evident that all me are created equal’ – just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself?’ – just words. Just speeches.” Obama preached, using the famous phrases to question the notion that words and speeches do not make a difference.

  10. Matt, thanks for smacking down bill for me even if I am not sure why he felt the need to “educate” me from my first comment. I guess everyone who is voting for Obama is a uneducated idiot.

    He had some real logic problems in his argument to say the least. One man, Obama is totally responsible for everything that happens in Illinois but the party that has held the Presidency for the last eight years and the Congress 12 out the last 14 years is not responsible for the state of the country right now? I am thinking you should take a Economics 101 class and then would realize it’s Bush’s borrow and spend economic plan of the last 7 years and his lack of any comprehensive energy plan that laid the ground work for our current problems.

    The only mistake you can think of that Bush made was in regards to illegal aliens? LOL

    I am not sure why you felt the need to tell me that we are winning the war. I would agree that we are winning (have won) in military terms. I would question the costs of an unneeded and illegal war (over 4,000 Americans dead, 80,000 to a million Iraqis dead, and a total price tag of a trillion dollars).

    The worst and most laughable statement you made was trying to blame Clinton for Bush’s war. The CIA intelligence assessment on Iraq which few in Congress read (both Democrats and Republicans) concluded that there was little evidence of WMD in Iraq. This did not stop George and his buddies from cherry picking parts of the report to build their case for war and misled the American people.

    To help further your “education” there buddy…

    The most mysterious statement was about you being a white male and not being able to speak your mind? Matt and I are both white males and neither of us feel that we can’t speak our minds. While most of your comment was based on ignorance you did speak your mind on this blog and you didn’t even say anything racist (maybe indirectly but not directly). Maybe you did not say everything you wanted to in your comment? bill, did you want to call Obama a n*gger?

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