The internal polling must be saying something that the Obama campaign figured out a long time ago. Voters just realized their retirement lost nearly 20% of its value in the last week alone.
Nate Silver sees that because the McCain campaign has not significantly addressed this major concern of the voters, other GOP candidates like Coleman are beginning to treat McCain as “if he has cooties”:
“This is pretty interesting:
[Norm] Coleman told reporters that he would not be appearing at a planned rally with McCain this afternoon. Could it be McCain’s sliding polling numbers in Minnesota? His attacks on Obama? Coleman said he needs the time to work on suspending his own negative ads.
“Today,” he said, “people need hope and a more positive campaign is a start.”
There are at least three groups of Republicans that might have an interest in distancing themselves from John McCain. Firstly, purple-state moderates like Coleman and Gordon Smith who don’t like the campaign’s tone. Secondly, the anti-bailout economic populists in the House who might be looking ahead to 2010 and 2012. And thirdly, true conservatives who never trusted McCain that much to begin with.”
Chuck Todd also sees this: