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As David Plouffe says...quit hyperventilating about McCain's bounce.  You had to know it was coming.  Did you expect the GOP to fall flat on it's face during the convention?  If we have learned anything over the last 8 years, it is that the GOP is disciplined when it comes to framing it's message and controlling the tempo of events to create momentum. It's time to take a deep breath and get back to business.

Our response to this has been unsettling to say the least.  Desperation and panic seem to pervade most of the diaries around here.  So lets all take a deep breath and get back to basics...

  1.  Pony up.  Our response to the McCain bounce must be to reach in our pockets and give till it hurts.  Good government does not come cheap and if that is what we want we must be willing to pay for it.  The Obama campaign needs money to get it's message and our message out in a pervasive way.  If you are upset with the lies and distortions of the McCain campaign...fight back in the one way that can truly make a difference...Donate now!  We must not be outspent this time!
  1.  Volunteer.  Contact the campaign and spend time making calls.  I happen to live in a Red state and know that nothing I do locally will make much difference.  But when I volunteer and make calls to battle ground states, I can make a difference.
  1.  Quit searching for that pony at the bottom of the Palin tank...Yes I know there is a whole lot of crap in there but quit jumping on every little rumor or story.  It is counter productive and makes us look like a bunch of scared losers.
  1.  Buck up.  Show some fight.  Don't let the GOP take this from's too important.  Take time off and go to a some enthusiasm.  If you don't think it matters...well you are wrong.  If you want to be a winner, start acting like winners.
  1.  If you live in a battle ground state...get out there and canvas.  Voting registration deadlines are nearing and one way to change the dynamic of the race is to register more Democratic voters.  The Obama campaign got to this point by winning the ground game.  Now is not the time to simply forget that and start flinging long in the hopes of some dramatic play.  Get back to basics...hit the bricks and help stump for votes.
  1.  Get ready for the game...volunteer to drive people to the polls on election day...volunteer to work phone prepared to scratch for every vote you can.  We are in a tough fight and we must be prepared to do everything we can to win it...the stakes are just to high.

Originally posted to conqdad on Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 02:52 PM PDT.

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  •  Thanks for Concrete Steps (3+ / 0-)
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    skywaker9, feebog, conqdad

    I appreciate the concrete steps.  It is not helpful just to reach for a panic button.

    •  Besides the fact (1+ / 0-)
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      That we're STILL WINNING!  538 still has us as a slight favorite and this is likely the peak of whatever bounce McSame got...Honestly if you take the 10% Gallup outlier poll (which appears to be a clear outlier now) off the table, it looks even better....

      "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

      by skywaker9 on Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 02:56:34 PM PDT

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      •  The Rass (2+ / 0-)
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        skywaker9, conqdad

        Poll is the one that matters. He has been the most accurate over the last 3 election cycles Gallop is always off - that being said I do believe is right and McCain has a point advantage.

        Electorally we are in a good spot however Michigan (only up by one) scares the hell out of me. If we lose there the election is history.

        **Disclosure: Recovering Edwards Supporter. Switched to Obama after his drop but recent events still hurt***

        by Jeremylreed on Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 02:58:50 PM PDT

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        •  Gotta Disagree about Scotty R. (1+ / 0-)
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          Rasmussen has a pretty good track record, but I think they are making some assumptions that will not hold up come election day.  First, Scott keeps boosting the R numbers vs. the D numbers in his weighting process.  He has done so two months in a row now.  Not a lot, but enough to let some bias creep in.  Second, Rasmussen has gone to a LV model starting in September.  For most elections this would be fine, but this is not most elections, not when millions of first time Democratic voters have been registered in key states while Republican registration is static or even shrinking.  

          Time will tell if I'm right about this, but for now, I'm thinking the Rasmussen polls have about a 1.5% bias for McCain.

  •  Well I for one (2+ / 0-)
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    Am going to give another 50 dollars on Friday at pay day. My wife may give out of her fun money as well.

    I will say that I am worried. I think as a whole they are letting McCain set the narrative on Palin - we need harder hitting commercials. The one this morning is a good start. I better go home and see 3 hours of solid surrogates on TV kicking ass though.

    **Disclosure: Recovering Edwards Supporter. Switched to Obama after his drop but recent events still hurt***

    by Jeremylreed on Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 02:57:05 PM PDT

  •  Highly recommended... (2+ / 0-)
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    conqdad, fedupcitizen

    Now where is your tip jar?

    Rabindranath Tagore-"Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it."

    by joy sinha on Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 02:58:39 PM PDT

  •  the message not the polls (0+ / 0-)

    thank you for your post. lest nor forget we have 4 debates upcoming where the country sees the canidates side by side. i predict this will be much like nixon kennedy it will be tight all the way but an electoral landslide for the good guys

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