A few good reads out there today:
* The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s endorsement of Obama, with a heavy focus on the auto bailout:
It was unpopular but gutsy. And it worked. Ohioans today are making cars in Lordstown and Toledo. They’re making parts and steel for Ford, Honda and other automakers. They’re back on the job. That’s leadership that deserves a chance to finish the job. Re-elect President Obama.
* Mark Blumenthal’s deep dive into the slight uptick in national polls for Obama, which is not the story we’re seeing in most of the coverage of the race.
* Many in the press seem to have handed Virginia to Romney, but the polling averages show it quite close. Obama and Romney are tied in the Real Clear Politics average, Obama is ahead by a hair in the Pollster.com average, and he’s down by under two points in TPM’s average.
* The new NBC/WSJ poll shows a dead heat nationally among likely voters, 47-47. Among registered voters Obama leads by five, 49-44.
There will be a great deal of excitement among Romney supporters about this poll. But while this poll does show movement for Romney, it is consistent with the tightening in the race we’ve already been seeing; indeed, this poll’s finding is consistent with each of the averages of national polls, which show a dead heat. This race has been a toss up for some time. This poll only confirms that again.
* And R.I.P., George McGovern.