558652512_7bae797572_m.jpgTeam McSame can’t be happy about this.

Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are tied at 48 percent in a new Rasmussen poll conducted Sunday and released late Monday.

Before both parties held their conventions, an August Rasmussen poll showed McCain with a 46-43 lead in Florida.

48% is Obama’s best showing yet in the Rasmussen, and McSame has had the lead in 8 of the past 9. And while it’s true Palin’s favorables are still strong there, and McSame is also up a couple points since last month, you’ve got to wonder how Pentecostal Palin is going to play in Boca.

If you want to know who’s going to win the presidential election, forget the polls and just ask your grandma how her friends in Boca are going to vote. Between Joe Biden’s popularity with older folks and supporters of Israel and Sarah Palin’s (put mildly) lack of Jewish cred, Florida may be up for grabs.

The McSame campaign had been counting on Lieberman and Crist to put McSame over the top, but what happens when Bubbe finds out about Jews for Jesus and Pat Buchanan?

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the Sarah The Rock Star has no immediate plans to campaign in the Sunshine State.

Hoping to flip some voters to his side, John McCain plans to campaign at a pancake breakfast in Jacksonville next week. The Republican presidential nominee has no formal agenda for the Monday event, but is expected to talk about issues including energy and the economy. McCain is scheduled to attend a Miami fundraiser later in the day.

Running mate Sarah Palin, who has generated much excitement in the GOP, won’t be accompanying McCain on this visit. The campaign says she may visit the Sunshine State in coming months.

I won’t hold my breath.