The Politico finds a nugget of evidence that actually makes sense.
Perhaps one of the clearest indications emerged Tuesday from the world of late-night comedy, when David Letterman offered his "Top Ten Signs Barack Obama is Overconfident." The examples included Obama proposing to change the name of Oklahoma to "Oklobama" and measuring his head for Mount Rushmore.
"When Letterman is doing 'Top Ten' lists about something, it has officially entered the public consciousness," said Dan Schnur, a political analyst from the University of Southern California and the communications director in John McCain's 2000 campaign. "And it usually stays there for a long, long time."
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has a sign in front of his office that reads: "This sign is in violation of Section 3.4.1 of the House Office Building Commission Hallway Policy and may be subject to removal."
It's a protest against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) initiative to clear the hallways of placards and charts. The deadline for sign removal is Friday...
"While we recognize the meaning and significance of the easels honoring our fallen servicemen and -women in Iraq and Afghanistan, we would hope that members also recognize the very real need to keep our hallways safe for disabled persons," said Jeff Ventura, spokesman for the CAO. He suggested that members move the displays into their offices.
The solidification of this narrative is very frustrating, and didn't have to happen. There are multiple Republican front groups going after Obama on the celebrity and drilling front that are obviously collaborating with the McCain campaign. On our side? Labor blew a lot of its advertising money in the primary, the youth space has been defunded, the outside groups are gone, and Obama has told reporters not to listen to Moveon/bloggers.
Even though it probably won't cost him the election, this narrative will hurt Obama, just as the 'untrustworthy philandering criminal' narrative didn't stop Clinton from being elected but did lead to 1994 and then his impeachment. Taking apart all power centers within the party except your own is very risky and paints a very big target, and not just for natural opponents like the Republicans.