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