Great news everyone! Polls are showing an extremely close race between Obama and McCain in the general election. I know that wouldn't be as great as, say, polls showing that Obama was way ahead, but let's consider the context.
First, McCain has had the Republican nomination sewn up for months now. He's had no one attacking him and has had a chance to travel all over the country making his case for why he should be president. He's even been taking shots at the Democrats while they were preoccupied with each other.
Second, the Democrats have been pretty preoccupied with each other lately. While McCain was coasting along, Clinton and Obama were in a (dare I say it) bitter primary fight. We keep hearing from Hillary supporters who say that they'll never vote for Obama. Everything from his church to his foreign policy was brought under heavy attack.
Third, most of the polls took place before Obama officially became the presumptive nominee. That's right, when the poll was taken, he was still in that fight and under heavy attack from both Democrats and Republicans.
So here's where it stands. McCain, in the best position he can reasonable expect himself to be in for the remainder of the campaign, polls a little bit worse than Obama, who at the time the polls were taken was not even the nominee and was being hit hard by both sides of the political aisle.
That's great news.