Public opinion polls indicate that more and more Americans are beginning to see through Sen. Barack Obama's campaign of charisma and deception. Poll results released this week indicate that, for all practical purposes, Sen. John McCain has erased much of the lead that Obama enjoyed when it first became clear the two would face off for the presidency.
That seems to have prompted Obama to begin slinging mud.
A campaign spot being aired in several states claims that Obama has a plan "that cuts taxes for middle-class families three times as much as John McCain would."
Not true, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, operated jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. The center analyzed both candidates' tax cut plans and determined that middle-class taxpayers would gain about 5 percent, or nearly $2,200 a year, through Obama's plan.
McCain's would net the same taxpayers about 3 percent, or $1,400 a year. That's a far cry from the difference proclaimed by Obama.
Obama also has begun to portray McCain as rich and out of touch with most Americans. He notes that while McCain's tax returns show $405,000 in income in 2007, his wife, Cindy, listed $6 million on her return.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported $4.2 million in income for 2007. Most Americans would view that as rich.
As the campaign proceeds, Obama no doubt will engage in more deception.
At some point, however, voters will catch on.