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This is the situation.  Kerry is tied with Bush and there are three days to go.

      10/27 - 10/29 Polls
       Bush Kerry
Tipp      45   44
Zogby1  46   46
Zogby2  46   47
Ras      47.9  47.1
WaPo1   49   48
WaPo2   47   48
Fox        46   46

       46.7 46.6

As I, and many others, have pointed out, time-after-time, the polls have a lot of inherent and probable biases against Kerry.  They've been over-sampling Republicans.  They over-sample "conservatives."  They  undersample young, minority and casual voters.

And with three days to go, Kerry is out-performing Gore by 3-to-4 points.  BushCo has GOT to be shitting it's collective drawers.

So, this is not the time to wimp out and lick wounds. You Democrats (yes, I'm a GOTV for Kerry Republican "traitor") have a chance to beat Bush so bad that all those lawyer fees will be wasted.

Plus, with all the cheating they've done, and controlling the Justice Department, you'll be able to indict them and drag them through the mud for YEARS.  And yet you're wimping out...?

That has the smell of a load of horse-crap without the benefits of fertilizer.  The Democrats gave up when Gore ran and he had that election in his grasp.  And now look at the damn mess.  

And you're worried now?  Because Bush is up a tenth of a point?  

Look how close you came four years ago!  You had that election WON and let Rove head-game you.  You let 8-years of the neo-facist rabble and it's spin machine attacks against Clinton demoralize and fracture you and you stayed at home.

You screwed Gore because you didn't fight for him.  You screwed this country because you laid down and let Bush take the election.  You screwed yourself because you betrayed your principles and pride.

If Republicans were like Democrats in their intensity, they wouldn't have had a President in office since Eisenhower.

It's time for you 'man up' as the expression goes.  Not wimp out because "you can't handle losing."

Originally posted to DraconisRex on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 07:56 PM PDT.

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  •  Well Said! (none)
    Although I think the people on this site are already "manning up". Excellent comments.

    "George W. Bush is not only the worst president in American history, he is the worst man who has been President."--J. Miller

    by Yosef 52 on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 07:57:50 PM PDT

  •  Who's wimpin' out here? (none)
    I see optimism across the board, and GOTV stories for miles and miles....

    'Fie upon the Congress' - Sen Bob Byrd

    by Maxwell on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 07:59:35 PM PDT

  •  Hear, hear. (none)
    Guys (figuratively), the "manning up" he's talking about refers to the fluttery panic that shows up in the diaries when a new poll comes out or something like the OBL tape appears.  There's a spate of nervous over-reaction, then some back and forth over "what this means".  That reaction is helped along by some trolls hoping to break our momentum and get us fighting among ourselves, which we as Democrats are prone to do.

    What DraconisRex is talking about is something I've been complaining about for years and is just now getting addressed.  We had too many people in the party who would only bring a butter knife to a gunfight; they forgot that politics is a contact sport, and that in contact sports you get dirty and bloody.  To some degree I think that it was because of a kind of inbred fastidiousness that we forgot how to fight like we wanted to win.  Maybe we were just tired.  Maybe it was because we'd won the really big fights that helped organize us (the New Deal, the Great Society) and when a party doesn't have some really large idea to give it focus and discipline it loses its way.

    Once we showed that we didn't know how to fight or weren't willing to fight fiercely and a little dirty, our natural constituency abandoned us.  Lower-middle-class and working poor whites flocked to the Republicans, when they should have stayed with us, because they thought we'd abandoned them in favor of this minority or that minority.  And they sure weren't tempted by us letting the other side paint us as a bunch of libertine hippie peaceniks who sewed the flag on their motorcycle seats.  If we'd showed the slightest ability or interest in fighting for them, we wouldn't have lost as badly as we did.

    "Man up"?  Yes, and it's way past time.  Let me put it more crudely:

    Suck up your balls and quit panicking or getting gloomy over every wiggle in a tracking poll, or every shift of EV's on MyDD.com.  If you can't do that, then maybe politics isn't your bag.

    Polls don't vote; voters vote.  If you have to make yourself nuts, take that energy out by calling or canvassing or driving people to the polls or picking up and hand-delivering absentee ballots.  Or write letters to the editors of as many papers as you can find in your area, and make them good ones that support Kerry as the candidate with the mix of personal valor, toughness, and intelligence needed to help us meet our challenges at home and abroad.

    Wouldn't it be great to have a President who did the right thing as the automatic choice instead of a grudging last resort?

    by DemInTampa on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 08:39:35 PM PDT

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