By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

Gaining momentum, John McCain edged closer to Barack Obama in Wednesday’s Gallup Poll. McCain now trails 48-44 percent, slashing the 8-percentage point lead Obama held over the weekend.

Again, this is surprising news for all the Obama supporters who thought the bad news about the bailout bill would hurt McCain. That’s because McCain had failed to get a bill approved, even after announcing he was suspending his campaign a week to work on it.

Now we await the outcome of the Thursday vice presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden.