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    Lets get right to the point, we got spoiled. For months it was all good news, all the time. Obama was, despite an improving but still rough economy, relatively coasting to reelection. And then he forgets to show up ONE TIME, and all hell breaks loose. But here's the thing, I am not talking about the MSM or voters or the Campaign. I am talking about us, the left, and the dailykos community in particular.

    For the past couple months, the majority of conservatives I have talked to would almost never doubt Romney, saying "Obama was toast" no matter what the polls said. Now, I don't think we should ever sink to that level, but there is something that can be taken from this. Why is it that lately when the going gets tough in any election, we start bed-wetting? Does one PEW poll make us forget why it is we have to fight Romney every step of the way? Does one bad debate make us feel the need to abandon this President who has prevented a depression and turned the economy around?

     We should acknowledge bad news, yes, but instead of hand-wringing, it is time to rally around our President and our candidates for Senate and Congress. There is nothing we can do to change last week's debate, but there is a lot we can do to change how the country reacts to it.

     When undecideds see us reacting like MSNBC did in its moment of weak despair, it truly becomes perceived as an "emperor has no clothes" moment even if that is far away from the truth.

     So PEW had Obama down 49-45, so what? It was a poll taken at what may end up being the high point of the campaign for Mitt Romney, which is what it will be if Obama debates him next week the way I know he can, but didn't at all on October 3rd.

     Kerry won his first debate. I was only a sophomore in high school at the time, but even I knew it and rejoiced. And the race was just as close. Unfortunately for us and the nation, Bush's supporters did NOT surrender and despair, like we are today. So when you hand-wring, you are below a Bush supporter. When you post snarky comments about Obama's bad night, you are wasting time better spent making calls and registering voters.

     I am not in high school anymore, now I am a law student. Which means I have little time to help in the way I want to. But I also work one day a week serving tables to help cover gas money (and in California, in particular need at the moment) and some expenses. And yet, any time I hear a major Romney lie or too much  negativity on dailykos, I click that quick $4 donation button on the Obama emails. I think I am well over $100 now. The point is, in one way or another, everyone can help.

     Rasmussen, one of our least friendly pollsters, has the race tied and Obama at 49% approval, and yet, if I didn't know any better and just read some of the comments here, we have lost. Really?

     We have come too far to lose this election. Many, if not all, of the gains of the last four years will be lost. Mitt Romney will get to take credit for an economy that is projected to add 12 million jobs in the next four years. And the Conservative Majority on the Supreme Court will be solidified for another generation, perhaps even increased (Justice Ginsburg, bless her heart, is not getting any younger).

     Stop surrendering. Stop whining. It is time to win.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Romney: Believe in (half of) America

    by kmoros on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:11:30 AM PDT

  •  HOORAY!! YAY!!! GOOD ON YOU!! (5+ / 0-)


    "Bush's supporters did NOT surrender and despair, like we are today. So when you hand-wring, you are below a Bush supporter. When you post snarky comments about Obama's bad night, you are wasting time better spent making calls and registering voters."
    Thanks very much for this diary. I notice that it is not getting near the traffic that the bash Obama diaries are getting. What is wrong with these people that they can't take a little bump and keep on fighting. They are bitching about Obama not fighting because he had a bad night. He did not give up and start dissing the Democrats, he went out and campaigned.

    I really appreciate what you have said here.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:17:39 AM PDT

  •  My only complaint about this diary (3+ / 0-)

    is that I have but one "recommend" to give out for it.

    All this crying, whining, panicking, and "deskewing" is neither helpful nor becoming.  We all need to put our big-boy (or big-girl) pants on.

    Barack Obama is not a secret socialist class warrior who wants to redistribute wealth in America. But I'll still vote for him, anyway.

    by looty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:17:59 AM PDT

  •  Very true (0+ / 0-)

    And others are noting that, and not just on our side.

    Why did the Washington Post hire Bellatrix LeStrange? And why did she change her name to Jennifer Rubin?

    by NoFortunateSon on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:22:29 AM PDT

  •  Great comments ... (0+ / 0-)

    We have to keep going forward, not backwards. The Repubs sure the hell won't go backwards, especially now. They think they got it in the bag. Let's break their goddamn hearts.

  •  I hot listed this Diary (1+ / 0-)
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    We needed a swift kick in the ass and you gave it to us.  Get out of your funk and fight.  Nobody said this race was going to be easy and its not.  We need to fight and make sure we engage voters who are still undecided and also those that think 1 debate is a game changer.  Hey, I know a few people here in NYC that voted for McCain in 2008 but are now voting for Obama and NY is not a swing state but every vote matters no matter where you live.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:35:31 AM PDT

  •  And people have already started voting. (0+ / 0-)

    The game is on!

    Repubs started up the car, hit the throttle and sent it over the cliff, and now they're complaining that the black guy hasn't fixed it fast enough.

    by Bush Bites on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:36:11 AM PDT

  •  Thanks guys! (1+ / 0-)
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    Wasn't looking so much to kick anyone in the ass, more just to shake them a bit. I came on here yesterday to cheer the fact that Gallup and even Ras showed some improvement (and being a poll junkie I knew full well it was quite possible that the PEW poll, being a non-tracking poll, may have done most of its calls on Th/Fri, much like PPP)

    And all I saw when I got here was a bunch of supposed progressives acting like we amended the constitution and now Bush will be President forever, with the Koch Brothers as his viceroys.

    Being a history buff, I like to consider myself an "FDR Democrat" despite only being 23 years old. Wanna know a real bad poll?

    From wikipedia: "The Literary Digest is best-remembered today for the circumstances surrounding its demise. As it had done in 1920, 1924, 1928 and 1932, it conducted a "straw poll" regarding the likely outcome of the 1936 presidential election. Before 1936, it had always correctly predicted the winner."

    That poll showed FDR losing in a landslide. This is before the internet and before most polls even existed. This was all many had to go on in regards to polling, and it was accurate before, so why not this time?

    I get the feeling that if FDR's supporters reacted like some on here are today, the course of American history would have been far different.

    Romney: Believe in (half of) America

    by kmoros on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:44:31 AM PDT

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