MICHAEL SILENCE on the polls:

I’m surprised to find some people puzzled over the fact Obama didn’t get a boost in his poll numbers following his nine-day trip to Europe. Hello! He spent more than a week kowtowing to the people we got the hell away from more than 230 years. Seems to me McCain goaded him into a sure-fire momentum stopper.

Heh. Maybe he’s running a shrewder campaign than we think.