David’s quote of Ed Morressy seems to me quite on the money. Consider the operative phrase of Ed’s very first line: “Stench of Desperation”.
And what is driving this desperation, you may ask? Wasn’t Obama ahead? What explains this?
Well, he used to be ahead, yes. As for what explains it, note with me, the Boston Herald , this morning… the Herald hardly being a paper noted for it’s right-wing proclivities:
Gallup has Obama’s curve losing altitude, leaving him with a 49-43 percent advantage over McCain. It also marks the first time Obama has dipped below 50 percent since the first of the month.
The Rasmussen Daily poll has Obama up 50-46. It’s the first time McCain has hit 46 percent, but Rasmussen predicts Obama still has an 84.3 percent chance of winning based on Electoral College votes. (270 electoral votes are need to move into the White House.)
Well, yes, but that’s based on the current numbers… not the trends, which are moving in McCain’s direction. It’s clear that McCain’s performance at the third debate resonated. It’s equally clear that Joe the Plumber is a popular figure… possibly more popular than Obama himself. It’s thereby that Obama’s  smear  tactics , and his attempts to silence Joe , are backfiring. And here’s the thing… They know it .
Mark Hemmingway,  this morning:
….the way the pro-Obama media and bloggers, and Obama himself, have responded to Joe has got me nearly shaking with rage. They are attempting to destroy a man â€” a private citizen â€” who had the audacity to ask The One a question. Mind you, Joe was on his front lawn playing football with his son when Obama strolled up to give him his hopenchange spiel. Obama approached Joe, not the other way around. And Joe asked Obama an honest question. And Obama gave him an honest â€” and very, very revealing â€” answer. Again, mind you, the embarrassment was on Obama’s end, not Joe’s. It wasn’t a gotcha question.
And yet, for that Joe is being pilloried, every aspect of his private and professional life being sorted through and exposed. To prove … what? What does that have to do with Obama’s answer? What does Joe’s situation have to do with Obama’s philosophical answer â€” that he wants to “spread the wealth”? Obama’s answer goes down the memory hole while the nation concentrates its fire on obliterating Joe the Plumber.
It’s sickening, it’s maddening and it’s downright chilling.
Sorry for the length. But I am just SEETHING.
There’s going to be a lot more of this kind of reaction to Obama’s tactics, and just when he can least afford them. Admittedly, not so many among the left. But the right, and importantly, independent voters are starting to see just what Stalinist tactics this country is up against with Obama. there’s a gag factor at work now, and Obama can’t stop it… where the totalitarian reaction of Obama and his version of the Hitler youth, and their attempts to take revenge on Joe the Plumber, will cause them to gag when reaching for his lever in that voting booth.
Obama and his following are attacking Joe the Plumber, and threatening his job, his home, and undoubtedly his very life, because as I said yesterday, Joe the Plumber asked a pertinent question of a liberal, a question that stripped away the liberal veneer, exposing the socialist underneath. And again, this is of serious import because Obama got a failing grade on his answers. He leaned, almost as a one would a touchstone, on socialist values… on ‘wealth redistribution’ His answers make clear that not only has Obama  not thought this stuff through, he clearly is not used to having his mantra seriously questioned.
The reaction of the Democrats was severe, bordering on violence and certainly has a storm trooper quality about it, as the links above show. But, alas, it was quite predictable. I tell you the truth, dear reader, the biggest help John McCain will ever have in this campaign, is simply sitting back and watching, as the American voter is witness to how anyone who dares question a Democrat gets treated.
The result, this far, is that McCain’s numbers are spiking, just at the right time.
Once again, I point to my comments of yesterday: 
Consider closely, please, the rapid rise in popularity of Joe the Plumber for asking serious questions of liberals versus the slow demise of the supposedly mainstream media for their long- term refusal to ask such questions. The very reason Obama was caught off guard by Joe was that he dared to enter an area the press would never go.
I can’t help but wonder… if the press hadn’t been in the tank for Obama and focused on tossing the guy softballs for the entire cycle, would it have come to this?