The new Associated Press poll is getting a lot of play in the news. That's the one that shows a virtual tie in the presidential race, 44% Obama to 43% McCain. Getting a lot less play are the new Fox poll (Obama up 49-40%) and the Reuters/Zogby (52-42%) and the Gallup (52-44%). Real Clear Politics averages the current major polls to a 7% Obama lead. The other favorite wonk-site, FiveThirtyEight, finds Obama up an average of 5.1%. But the press likes a horse race, because it helps ratings and sales. That's the real bias of the mainstream media, not toward liberals or conservatives, but toward suspense. Which, I guess, isn't such a bad thing for those of us invested in the race. Keeps us from getting complacent.