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As the presidential election in November nears, the Obama campaign is running up to full speed.  As I visit this website on a daily basis, I don't see the same excitement and passion that we had in 2008 and I don't blame anybody, as I don't feel the same excitement myself.  I notice a dangerous trend happening that says the following.

The election is basically won.  There is no way Romney can win.

This seems to lead to other trains of thought which pose a problem for me.  More below the little DK squiggly.

What does this sureness lead to?  We seem to have abandoned the energy that lead us to winning states we never thought were winnable in 2008.  In 2008, I sensed we were making a play at nearly every single state.  Especially states that weren't "traditional" battleground states

Remember the energy we put into:

North Carolina?
Virginia?
New Mexico?
Colorado?
Nevada?

Do you remember how we even made a run for:

Montana?
North Dakota?
Georgia?
Missouri?

And do you remember how we WON Indiana?

I worked for the Obama campaign in Gary, Indiana and it was inspiring work.  We pushed ourselves and did things we had never done before.  We believed we could make a change and we believed we could get out enough people to vote to win the state.  All the so called "experts" said there was no way we could win Indiana for Obama.

I don't see that this year.  In fact, it would seem that the passion that drove people here to push ourselves in places like Indiana, Missouri, and North Carolina is gone.  It would even seem that we've given up on states like Indiana that we really have just assumed we can't win again.

This is unacceptable.  I refuse to sit by idly with the mentality that "Romney has no chance of winning" or "Obama has already won".  I don't want there to even be a 1% chance of the 1%'er Mitt Romney being our president.  Do we really want there to be a chance for a repeat of the Bush presidency?  And don't kid yourselves, that would be a disaster for this country.

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The title of this diary says "Yes We Can and Yes We Should."  I ask every one of the readers here, Obama supporter or not, to think about the consequences of a Romney president on the country.  Think about it in terms about what it would mean for the 99%.  We did it in 2008.  We should be able to do it again in November 2012.  Every single state should be played for.

Including a typically always red state like Indiana.

And if you don't believe me, I'm linking to a diary from 2008 that I wrote back about my experience in Gary, Indiana right before the election.  It explores why we need to elect Obama, the poverty of Gary, and I post it again to show why I think its important to maintain the change we began in 2008.

If you have another five minutes to spare, I ask you to read it to better understand where I am coming from.

Yes We Can 2012

and

Yes We Should

PEACE

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

    by NetminderElite on Wed May 16, 2012 at 05:17:09 PM PDT

  •  Well, not quite (0+ / 0-)

    Don't confuse lack of excitement for lack of commitment.  I think what you saw in 2008 was a close-to-excessive amount of gloating by the Obama people because they had beaten what they saw (possibly mistakenly) as the powerful Clinton machine.

    We know who Barack Obama is now.  Some Kossacks think he's not progressive enough, some of us think he's weak on some issues, but we're all firmly in support of him.  On the other hand, look at how any diary on "It's the Supreme Court" does.  Some of us vote for the more liberal candidate because of the Court on a routine basis.  

    In the comment sectionan earlier diary, I already said I was cheering.  Don't scold me like this for doing so.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Wed May 16, 2012 at 05:43:50 PM PDT

  •  We all have one vote, with the possible exception (0+ / 0-)

    of those in Florida or Michigan.

    While the use fullness of that vote is debatable,  should Romney miraculously have any chance of winning in MA, I'll punch the the top of the ticket.

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