So the Dispatch announced their new poll numbers today: Obama 49, McCain 42.

That’s a THIRTEEN POINT JUMP from their last poll which was weeks out of date weeks before it ever went to print.

The headline for this poll (Obama opens lead on McCain) is much tamer than the previous one (McCain leads Obama 48-42, Ohio poll finds). But I do have to give them credit for one thing: this poll ran on the front page above the fold. Which is better placement than the previous one.

Also, they included some man-in-the-street quotes from supporters of both candidates.

Not surprisingly, the quotes from some of the McCain supporters – or should I say Obama-haters – were completely misinformed:

Tracy Clyburn, 42, a medical transcriptionist from Amelia, east of Cincinnati, said, “I don’t feel that Barack is a ‘true American.’ I don’t believe that Barack has as much concern for out country as does McCain. It seems like he is in it for the fame. I really don’t feel he has the experience to lead our country.”

Robert Neeley Sr., 73, of Fairfield in southwestern Ohio, retired from the U.S. Air Force, goes even further.

“He is anti-American and his disrespect to our flag and our Bible proves it. He is a Muslim because his name and his beliefs show it. He is for everything that a Christian is against.

“I don’t believe that he was actually born in the U.S. He has a lot of bad baggage.”

Sounds like someone’s been listening to too much talk radio.

I guess maybe we need to send Tim and his camera down to Fairfield to straighten this guy out.