Scared By the Numbers

The Obama campaign saw the numbers, and caved.

With the World Tour having failed to deliver a boost, poll numbers have dropped back to an even race with John McCain.

Barack's strategy? Abandon another position.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that's what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.

With the only philosophy that Barack holds dear being his own victory, he dumps another policy position, and again throws his core supporters under the bus.

Shifting from his previous opposition to expanded offshore drilling, the Illinois senator told a Florida newspaper he could get behind a compromise with Republicans and oil companies to prevent gridlock over energy.

Another demonstration of the new kinda politics?

Republican rival John McCain, who earlier dropped his opposition to offshore drilling, has been criticizing Obama on the stump and in broadcast ads for clinging to his opposition as gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon. Polls indicate these attacks have helped McCain gain ground on Obama.