Changes since last week: Obama hasn't wrapped up Pennsylvania, but seems safe in Washington, Iowa and New Mexico (and can quit ad buys in Washington and Iowa). Don't believe polls putting Michigan in play--Obama wins it going away.
McCain maintains a slim lead in Ohio and can probably count on Missouri. McCain must focus on Ohio (he cannot win without Ohio), Colorado (now behind), Virginia (ahead) and--possibly--North Carolina (in flux). It's too early for Republicans to abandon Pennsylvania (where Obama is playing hardball) or Minnesota (I doubt we win either, but important to rebut the pro-Dem media), and McCain must keep spending in Nevada (ahead), New Hampshire (slowly turning blue) and Florida (where I'm more optimistic than current numbers). No need for Rs to spend elsewhere in the South.
Bottom line: Obama by 3 electoral votes, with the financial crisis likely to favor the Dems.
Counter point: University of Oklahoma prof David Deming explains why Obama will lose, in the Edmond Sun (O.K.):
Nothing exemplifies Obama’s antipathy for American culture better than his statement that Americans “cling to” religion and guns out of frustration or bitterness. We only can suppose that Obama regards religion or firearms as aberrations that need to be eradicated.(via Confederate Yankee)
Of course, both guns and religion are essential aspects of American culture. The United States was founded by people seeking religious freedom. Does the word “Pilgrim” ring a bell with anyone? Our freedom and the right to self-government were won by farmers with guns. . .
Obama is a vapid demagogue, a hollow man that despises American culture. He is ill-suited to be president of the United States. As the weeks pass, more Americans will come to this realization and elect McCain/Palin in a landslide.