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This is my first diary, not because I haven't had any ideas to write about, but rather because Dkos is just too fast for me, you all always beat me to it.  In fact this idea has probably been discussed but it's vague enough and important enough to warrant repeating.

I'm as happy as the rest of you about our substantial lead in the polls (8% according to CNN's poll of polls).  I want to look forward to 4 years without rebublican control, 4 years with actual solutions, and 4 years with a far reaching progressive agenda as much as anyone.  All I'm saying is that it hasn't happened yet.

Calm down, take a deep breath.  We still have almost a month to go and only an 8% lead.  One major gaffe, one succesful attack add, one national security crisis, or even the legendary Bradeley effect could erase all of that.

So really it's pretty simple.  Stay focused and don't blink.  We're on the home stretch but if we stop running now there's a catcher waiting with the ball in his glove to tag us out.  Stay out on the streets knocking on doors or stay inside making calls.  We've done great so far and let's keep it up.

Some of you (not many I think) may disagree with me.  You may argue that his lead is insurmountable and we just need to coast in to Nov 4.  If you truly believe that then work towards a popular mandate.  I want to be able to really accomplish something these next 4 years and a huge majority in the election will definitely help to get us part of the way there.  

Even if all of this doesn't convince you, there is still a lot to be done.  Doubtless wherever you live there is a Senatorial or Congressional candidate somewhere nearby who needs your help.  For me it's Judy Feder, the first candidate who has a legitimate chance of finally beating the perpetual incumbent Frank Wolf.  I'll help out Mark Warner too but I figure a 26% lead gives me reason to focus most of my attention on Obama and Feder.

My final point is that even if we win the presidency by a huge margin, even if we get a filibuster proof majority in the Senate and extend our margin in the House, and even if the entire country falls in line behind us we still won't be done.  As many of you at Dkos recognize, politics is not a once every four years game for a single candidate, it's an on-going struggle for an ideal.  Work in the Non-Governmental sector never sleeps and policy debates never stop.  We will have to fight a persistent minority every step of the way and even in success there will still be endless goals remaining unatained.  So don't forget our goal is not power for an individual but rather equality and opportunity for all and most of all never stop fighting.

I know it's a pretty short diary and insubstantial, but like I said above it was my first (I lost my diary virginity) so go easy okay.

Originally posted to dmet on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 06:07 PM PDT.

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  •  Maybe I should just stay (2+ / 0-)
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    relentless, victoria2dc

    inside the Tardis.  Then again, I'd probably end up voting Saxon.

    "No U.S. soldier ever dies in vain because they're carrying out the missions of their commander in chief." - Barack Obama

    by anonevent on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 06:20:52 PM PDT

    •  Do you hear the drums? (0+ / 0-)

      Steven Moffet rocks.
      Blink is the first DW story to scare the crap out of me.  Not ashamed to say I had to turn all the lights on in the house.

      and just to stay on topic, I echo your sentiment that we need to accomplish near the impossible in the first 4 years.  We have to get as big a snowball rolling as possible so it's too big to stop after 4 or 8 years.

      What they'll do if Obama wins? The current level of hysteria suggests they'll blast off to the moon on a flaming column of fear propulsed diarrhea.

      by faction on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 07:23:58 PM PDT

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  •  You know that Fix News (1+ / 0-)
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    Zanna

    will be critical and suspicious about everything Obama does.  They will stir the pot to keep the country divided.

    A new leader needs calm and time to lay out the best way to go.

    I wish we had a way to protect him from those who want him to fail.

    "Democrats can't do any worse than them." O

    by relentless on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 06:25:36 PM PDT

  •  You know what else doesn't blink? (1+ / 0-)
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    victoria2dc

    Snakes. Have you ever seen Dick Cheney blink? If Sarah wants to emulate a lizard that's fine.

    I understand the sentiment about not blinking, but it would be better to say 'Don't back down.'

    "Never have so few taken so much from so many for so long."

    by londubh on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 06:26:22 PM PDT

  •  Still a lot to be done (2+ / 0-)
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    NWTerriD, Logan 5

    and a long way to go .  Take nothing for granted, no lead is safe with these lying sack Thugs.  Everyone votes and whatever needs to be done gets done.  The smears will increase the lies will get bigger and more vicious. Its about the White House, Senate and House.  It’s about Governors and State legislatures, and defeating stupid ballot questions and propositions that discriminate.

    Pedal to the metal boys and girls - it's that important

  •  Yes and No. (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, you're right that we can't take anything for granted. Too many ways it could blow up or disintegrate or get stolen.

    That being said, we do NOT have just an 8% lead. 8% is the popular vote lead. The popular vote is no more relevant to who wins the general election than it was in the primary. Less relevant, in fact, because there was a chance the superdelegates could have been persuaded on the basis of the popular vote.

    In the general, all that matters is the EC. And just about every EC analyst shows Obama WAY ahead in that measure. The only ones that don't are the ones that are saying there are still a bunch of "toss-up" states. If you count leaners, everyone has Barack whuppin' McAss.

    That is not an excuse to take a nap, but to the extent that polls are reliable, they are saying we're doing WAY better than that 8% would lead you to believe. We're in potential blow-out country.

    To John McCain, War is not a metaphor for Life; Life is a metaphor for War.

    by NWTerriD on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 06:33:20 PM PDT

    •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      dconrad, NWTerriD

      Most poll sites show that McCain needs to win all remaining tossups while Obama just needs to pull out one.  It's important to note however that every state still up for grabs was won by Bush in 2004 and while things have changed I'm still not sure that a major event couldn't shake all of them back to the GOP.

      Nov 2, This just in Osama Bin Laden has been caught, he initially escaped captivity but was takled by John McCain and shot by Sarah Palin on the White House lawn.

      Absurd? yes but something could still snap in the final month.

  •  "Great, kid, don't get cocky." -- Han Solo (0+ / 0-)

    Words to live by. Words to win by.

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