The new Gallup poll showing McCain and Obama tied is very, very welcome in McCainLand. McCain aides insist that two earlier polls--from Newsweek and the LA Times--showing Obama with a double-digit lead were the result of skewed partisan samples and not reflective of real trouble. But they acknowledge that such polls can shape the media narrative in very problematic ways. So from a meta- perspective, this is a big respite from an impending storyline of a McCain disaster.Three issues, I feel, hurt Barack Obama this past week: the utter arrogance he displayed in making up his own "Presidential seal", his flip-flopping on the new FISA bill and Michelle Obama's very public pandering to leftist constituencies such as appearing on "The View", catering to gay rights groups and going so far as to support the crazy idea that Hillary Obama got beat by her husband due to "sexism" (as opposed to voters just feeling your hubby was a better candidate Michelle?). However, in the end it'll be his inexperience that'll defeat Barack Obama tho, as well it should be.