The Mets got an ugly win tonight, nearly blowing a 7-1 lead and using eight pitchers in the process. The Phillies and the Brewers won their games, so the status quo remains the same.

Meanwhile, there’s been a little movement in the presidential race, it seems. CNN’s latest poll of polls shows Obama with his first lead over McCain in ten days, 46%-45%. [UPDATE: A CNN “Ticker” post timestamped September 18, 2008 10:50 a.m. says that the lead is 47% to 45% — two points! They write that their poll of polls “shows a swing of four points in the Illinois senator’s favor in just over a week.] And The New York Times is reporting that

Polls taken after the Republican convention suggested that Mr. McCain
had enjoyed a surge of support — particularly among white women after
his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin
of Alaska as his running mate — but the latest poll indicates “the
Palin effect” was, at least so far, a limited burst of interest. The
contest appeared to be roughly where it was before the two conventions
and before the vice-presidential selections: Mr. Obama had the support
of 48 percent of registered voters, compared with 43 percent for Mr.
McCain, a difference within the poll’s margin of sampling error, and
statistically unchanged from the tally in the last New York Times/CBS
News poll, in mid-August.

That’s heartening news, especially the paper’s contention that “that Ms. Palin’s selection has, to date, helped Mr. McCain only among
Republican base voters; there was no evidence of significantly
increased support for him among women in general.” According to the article, McCain’s perceived link to George W. Bush remains an albatross around his neck.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live’s season opener (or if you’d just like to enjoy it again), here you go: