Tomorrow night Barack Obama makes his fifth appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and it could be a good opportunity to regain some mojo, make an appeal to those women voters who have swung toward John McCain in the last few weeks and get in few digs at his opponents under the guise of a joke.
In honor of Obama's visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater, with apologies to the comedy writers out there…
Top Ten Ways Barack Obama Can Get His Polling Groove Back
10. Look the other way when the "Hockey Moms for Truth" start running ads
9. Show off previously unknown moose-hunting skills while at a PTA meeting
8. Get Biden on the cover a supermarket tabloid (Weekly World News: "Biden is Bat Boy?")
7. Rimless glasses
6. Forget Berlin - rally in Juneau
5. Tell Michelle to lose the "Squash Mom" t-shirt
4. Change Malia's name to "Oprah Van Ohio Obama"
3. Set up campaign office in Wasilla
2. Build a Bridge to Somewhere, Anywhere
1. Hope that Canada Annexes Alaska
ABC News' Jake Tapper reports that at a press availability this afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, Obama expressed skepticism about the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll that shows a 20-point swing among white women towards John McCain.
"You know I just think that the notion that people are swinging back and forth in the span of a few weeks, or a few days, this wildly generally isn't borne out," Obama said. "These are the same polls that had me 20 down last summer that have swung wildly thought this process."
Tapper reports that Obama said Palin had attracted a lot of attention and, among conservatives, excitement -- but that it had more to do with her "ideological predispositions" than her didn't think gender played factor.
"There is no doubt that Gov. Palin attracted a lot of attention this week," Obama said. "She's been on the minds of all of you, and as a consequence has been before the American people constantly throughout the week, and has brought excitement to the Republican party, there is no doubt about that."
Obama and McCain are both in Virginia tomorrow making a push for the state's 13 electoral votes.
Virginia has gone to the Republican presidential candidate in every election since 1964 but this year it is one of the key battleground states that could determine who gets to the magic number of 270 electoral votes. The two presidential candidates are not going to run into each other on the highway, but they are each campaigning in areas that seem to be more favorable to their opponent. McCain holds a rally in Fairfax, VA, an area that Democrats see as fertile ground for Obama in November. Fairfax County has a quickly growing Hispanic and immigrant population and the high-tech economy has brought many college-educated and wealthy voters to the area. Obama is campaigning in Norfolk, which could be a solid area for McCain to pick up votes among the large military population. The Norfolk-Hampton Roads area also has a large African-American population that could turn out strongly for Obama.
After the Fairfax rally with McCain, Sarah Palin finally breaks off on her own on the trail and heads back to Alaska for a rally in Fairbanks. Joe Biden attends a rally in Nashua NH.
On the campaign front. . . JOHN McCAIN -- 11:00 am ET: Attends a Road to Victory Rally, Fairfax, VA
SARAH PALIN -- 11:00 am ET: Attends a Road to Victory Rally, Fairfax, VA -- 10:30 pm ET: Attends a Welcome Home Rally, Fairbanks, AK
As for the Democrats… BARACK OBAMA -- 11:35 pm ET: Appears on "Late Show with David Letterman" -- 11:00 am ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters on economic security, Springfield, MO. -- 4:00 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters and Senator Claire McCaskill on economic security, Rolla, MO. -- 7:00 pm ET: Attends BBQ event with voters and Senator Claire McCaskill, Union, MO.
JOE BIDEN -- 3:00 pm ET: Holds a Change We Need Town Hall, Nashua, NH
MICHELLE OBAMA -- 12:30 pm ET: Holds a Roundtable Discussion with Indiana Women, Fishers, IN -- 1:30 pm ET: Addresses the National Baptist Convention, Cincinnati, OH
At the White House. . . PRESIDENT BUSH -- 10:10 a.m. ET: Participates in photo opportunity with Big Sister of the Year, Oval Office.
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POLITICAL VIDEO ON ABCNEWS.COM
Inside the Numbers
Poll numbers slide after both the Republican and Democratic conventions. LINK
Hasselbeck Defends Palin's 'God' Remarks
"View" co-host respects Gov. Sarah Palin for mixing politics with religion. LINK
Obama: Bush, McCain Iraq Plan 'Comes Up Short'
Sen. Obama responds to Bush's announcement about troop drawdown in Iraq. LINK
Obama Brushes Off 'Palin Power'
ABC's Jake Tapper asks Obama about poll revealing a swing in white women for McCain. LINK
Meghan McCain: My Dad Is Old
The senator's daughter says she's not bothered by jokes about her father's age. LINK
Proof That Politics Is Child's Play
Sarah Palin is the latest candidate to be given a life as an action figure. LINK
Remembering Don Haskins
ABC's Sam Donaldson pays tribute to the fmr. basketball coach's storied legacy. LINK
Palin's History Revealed
Video of Sarah Palin before her VP candidacy is spreading all over the Internet. LINK
The Drawdown Begins
President Bush is set to announce the withdrawal of thousands of troops from Iraq. LINK
Women Move to McCain
A surge of white women voters have moved to Sen. John McCain. LINK
The Bottom Line on Woman Voters
George Stephanopoulos discusses the shift in women for Sen. John McCain. LINK
Presidential Race Polls Even
George Stephanopoulos examines how Sarah Palin has boosted McCain's campaign. LINK
Hasselbeck Reports From the RNC
"View" co-host interviews Sen. John McCain's wife and mother at GOP event. LINK
Hear what six of Sarah Palin's closest friends have to say about her. LINK
Attacks on the media and a surge in polls, Palin's presence has caused a stir. LINK