"This election is flowing toward the Democrat the way the Dow Jones average is flowing downstream," said Ellen Goodman in The Boston Globe. Republican John McCain is already filling the airwaves with attack ads calling Barack Obama "dangerous and dishonorable"—the question is how low McCain will stoop to "stanch the flow."

McCain has to act fast, said Nate Silver in The New Republic online. He's in "deep trouble." New polls suggest Obama could clean up in swing states.

Three weeks of economic upheaval has tilted even some "once reliable Republican states" in Obama's direction, said David Paul Kuhn in Politico. "Democratic strategists are now optimistic that the ongoing crisis could lead to a landslide."

Obama isn't in the clear by a long shot, said Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. There are more "undecided and persuadable voters" out there than in any election since 1968, and Obama still hasn't "shaken deep concerns about his lack of qualifications." Until he does, McCain has a chance at the swing voters who could decide the election.

Face facts, said George Will in The Washington Post. “Obama is competitive in so many states that President Bush carried in 2004—including Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Colorado, and New Mexico—it is not eccentric to think he could win at least 350 of the 538 electoral votes.”