When the heat is turned up and victory no longer appears inevitable, the Obama campaign tightens and strays from its message. When I say the Obama campaign I am referring to his team, NBC, CNN, CBS, The New York Times, celebrities and so forth.

This is a potentially fatal flaw as we reach the final stretch of the election. Here are a few examples.

Despite a commanding lead in the delegates count, Obama limped across the finish line in the Democratic primary. After losing in Pennsylvania, his speech was filled with anecdotes like sick children without health insurance and the unemployed. Then he criticized Hillary’s experience in Washington. These were ineffective messages at a critical moment.

When Sarah Palin was selected as the candidate for VP, all fire was turned on her qualifications compared to Barack Obama instead of Joe Biden. This promoted the notion that McCain might not live through a presidency, a disgusting display of age discrimination. Then it reminded voters that Obama’s qualifications for the presidency are at best questionable.

More recently, the Obama camp had little response to the mocking of his experience and heavy attacks on his policy proposals at the GOP convention. This was a crucial time for response, and the campaign’s answer was to send Obama on the O’Reilly Factor and hold more ritzy fundraisers.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos for an upcoming “This Week,” Obama reminds everyone of his “pay grade” comment by waxing philosophical about the soul entering the human body. Then he says he decided not to join the military because the Vietnam War was over. WHAT?

Andrea Mitchell of NBC told Mitt Romney she thought 20 months of campaigning is a big resume builder for Obama. I seriously disagree, but if the pressure of tight elections sends this ticket into a tailspin, how will it respond to national security threats, environmental disasters and the like?