Today, CNN gives us an explanation on why the political race for the White House remains even. With less than two months before we hit the polls and decide the fate of the nation, we’re being given a brief snapshot on how the two campaigns are basically neck-and-neck with each other. So according to them, the score might as well be 0-0. Just in case there are factual changes to their permalink, I will copy and paste their explanation below and interject where necessary.

Posted: 06:14 AM ET

[McCain: 0, Obama: 0]


The presidential race remains close with just 57 days left until the election.

[Nice choice of photos, guys. You are basically telling me that either you are for Obama or against him. So we’re going down the victim exploitation path? Are we reporting the facts or the fact that you are already biased? Oh wait, the article actually begins after this next sentence.]
The presidential race remains close with just 57 days left until the election.

(CNN) — Why is the presidential race dead even after both parties have had their conventions? In a nutshell, it’s because the conventions have not changed the basic dynamic of the race.

Earlier: CNN poll shows race dead even

New numbers released by CNN Monday explain just how the presidential race remains so close with 57 days to go until voters weigh in at the polls: the conventions were so successful for both parties that that each essentially canceled the other out.

[So if both parties essentially canceled each other out, then the point is moot to even elaborate. Oh, but you’re going to anyway…]

The candidates’ favorable ratings are identical (60 percent) — and almost identical to what they were before the conventions began. The GOP convention made Republicans more enthusiastic (an increase of 17 points). But Democrats are more enthusiastic as well (up 14 points), so an 11 point “enthusiasm gap” favoring remains: 71 percent of Democrats say they are enthusiastic about the election, compared to 60 percent of Republicans.

[Dems: 60% = 60% (before convention) + 0% (after convention), GOP: 60% = 60% + 0% (after convention), got it. So then the point is moot to elaborate further. Oh wait, enthusiasm numbers increased (and why are we measuring emotional states of feeling?) for GOP and Dems, but Dems overall have more enthusiasm and thus our “enthusiasm gap” shows we’re higher than you. Let me throw some numbers at you that also work in your favor: you just spent about 72% of the last paragraph telling us that Dems are still ahead! Yay!]

The candidates’ strengths and weaknesses on the issues also have not changed over the last month — Obama retains his edge on the economy and health care; McCain’s advantage remains on Iraq and terrorism.

[Now that we managed to get that little nugget of golden goodness out of our system. We can start reporting facts again. As a matter of fact (no pun intended), here’s a PDF you can download from CNN and see the results for yourself! But if the race is dead even as you just restated and there hasn’t been anything new to report about the candidate’s platform, do we need to elaborate further? Oh, OK, let’s see what you have to say.]

Full poll results [PDF]

In fact, the Iraq issue is instructive of just how effectively the conventions molded public opinion. Before the Democratic convention, McCain had a 9-point edge; after the Democratic convention it was a tie, and now McCain has a 14-point lead on Iraq.

[Obama: 0, McCain: 5]

But not every convention theme appears to have resonated — although the GOP convention portrayed McCain as a maverick reformer, more Americans see Obama as a “real reformer” (48-41 percent) and as someone who is “not a typical politician” (56-34 percent)

[Obama: more than 0, McCain: 5]

Who would Americans be prouder to have as president? That’s a tie — 46 percent say Obama, 44 percent say McCain, despite the emphasis on McCain’s war record at the GOP gathering in Minnesota. On the other hand, McCain may have managed to best Obama on values (49 percent say McCain is more likely to share their values compared to 45 percent for Obama; in mid-August Obama had a 4-point margin on that measure).

[Obama: > 0, McCain: 5; wait….scratch that last one. Obama: >0, McCain: 9, more likely]

It appears McCain was able to gain some ground on “change,” a theme that the Obama campaign has long called its own. But in the wake of McCain’s pick of Washington outsider Sarah Palin, the Arizona senator has narrowed Obama’s lead on that item from 18 points to 8.

[Obama: > 0, McCain: 18 = 9, more likely + (18-8) -> mental throbbing is starting]

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland says both party’s conventions clearly had their desired effect.

“Although McCain’s acceptance speech did not get the same rave reviews as Obama’s speech, the two conventions appear to have had the same overall effect — 48 percent said that the GOP convention made them more likely to vote for McCain, 51 percent said the same about the Democratic convention and Obama,” he said.

[Obama: >51, McCain: 62 (more likely x2) = 18 more likely + 48 more likely]

But even as polls tighten in McCain’s favor, a slim majority (52 percent) of Americans still think Obama will win in November.

[Obama: >103, McCain: 62 (more likely x2) Does this still sound like it’s an even race?]

“We’ll see if that number changes later this fall once the public sees the latest round of polls,” Holland said.

[MORE POLLS?! WTF! I thought it was even?]

Filed under: Barack Obama

[Oh, they just had to throw one more golden nugget before the report was officially filed! Not under Politics, or Election 2008, or even Polls. Just for kicks, I decided to count how many times Obama and McCain were mentioned in this report and it was dead even… until they added “Filed under: Barack Obama”.]

Overall, this article may have been glossed over by the majority who are already in the political loop. However, I am not in this loop. I’m trying to be but it seems better to stand firm where I am and see things for what they represent (Fox News, you’re next!). Right now, this article is fluffy with very little nutritional value. Those who watch what we consume will pick through the fluff while the rest of us will likely become obese to the point of incapacitation. Why exercise our minds when we can be spoon fed what everyone else feels I should eat? This is madness!