Obama leads McCain by 13 points. Obama's Midwest support is real and has something to with this, I think:

Jason Ehresman, 38, a retail manager from Moorhead, said he has been drawn to support Obama because of "the way he speaks, the way he frames issues. It's hard to put your finger on any one thing that makes him so attractive."

And that's why and lapse into dumb-ass Shrummery needs to be avoided.