Good news: Obama presidential seal debuts; Update: Illegal?

Replete, believe it or not, with its own Latin motto. Here’s the obligatory close-up. Anyone want to take a wild guess at what “Vero Possumus” means?

I’d love to hammer him for being presumptuous, but….

Barack finally has his bounce. For weeks many political experts and pollsters have been wondering why the race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain had stayed so tight, even after the Illinois senator wrested the nomination from Hillary Clinton… A new NEWSWEEK Poll shows that he has a substantial double-digit lead, 51 percent to 36 percent, over McCain among registered voters nationwide…

Most other national polls have shown Obama with a 4 to 5 point lead over McCain so far. Random statistical error can explain some of the difference in poll results. The NEWSWEEK survey of 1,010 adults nationwide on June 18 and 19, 2008, has a margin of error of 4 points. But the latest evidence of his gaining ground goes well beyond that margin…

In the new poll, registered Democrats and Democratic leaners who supported Clinton during the primaries now favor Obama over McCain by 69 percent to 18 percent. In last month’s survey, Clinton supporters backed the Illinois senator by a significantly smaller margin, 53 percent to 34 percent.

Actually, it’s not terribly worrisome. Granted, the numbers about Hillary supporters coming home to the party are in line with the Fox News poll from yesterday, but like JWF says, compare the samples: 42/35/16 D/R/I for Fox versus 38/23/35 for Newsweek. We’ll treat it as an outlier, especially considering the source. Exit question: Can we treat this one as an outlier too?

Update: Silly Standard. The Messiah is above the law of man.