In a recent Boston Herald article, long-time political pollster John Zogby advised that Obama and the Democrats shouldn’t be breaking out the champagne yet (even though they’ve already arrogantly released a President Obama commemorative coin).  According to Zogby, “I don’t think Obama has closed the deal yet.”

Other observations from the article:

Zogby’s latest poll, released yesterday in conjunction with C-Span and Reuters, shows Obama and John McCain in a statistical dead heat, with the Illinois Democrat up 48-45 percent.

Zogby said the race mirrors the 1980 election, when voters didn’t embrace Ronald Reagan over then-President Jimmy Carter until just days before the election.

“The Sunday before the election the dam burst,” Zogby said of the 1980 tilt. “That’s when voters determined they were comfortable with Reagan.”

Now voters are wrestling with two senators with opposite resumes – Obama, at 47, the unknown, and the established 72-year-old McCain.

“It still can break one way or the other,” Zogby says.

One thing that could end up a significant game-changer will be whether or not the media and the public seriously pay attention to Obama’s hsitory with domestic terrorist William Ayers. A positive sign is the recent CNN story debunking Obama’s excuses about the relationship. While Sean Hannity of Fox News has been reporting on the story for some time, other mass media outlets — accused by many of having a pro-Obama bias — have been slower to bring the damaging story to their readers and viewers (perhaps hoping they wouldn’t have to hurt “their” candidate?).

A new McCain ad also addresses the issue:

Hopefully, the public will realize that the “emperor has no clothes” and the coin of his realm will be relegated to collectors of “Dewey Defeats Truman” newspapers: