Monday, September 08, 2008
The electoral map is beginning to move in John McCain's direction, although we project that if the election were held today, it would likely end in a tie and be thrown into the House of Representatives:
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Rasmussen now reports that their electoral college tracking has Barack Obama leading by just ten electoral votes. Based on that projection, all John McCain would need to do would be to carry Virginia and Nevada to be assured of victory. Gallup now reports that McCain has a five point lead over Obama nationally, and that means that the August turnaround which ended with the Republican National Convention is now complete.
These trends are eerily similar to 1988, when Michael Dukakis' lead collapsed after he held one for much of the late spring and through the summer. The lead, which was ten points at one point, gave way after both conventions were complete and Dukakis never recovered.
On a personal note, I want to encourage our friends in the party opposite to continue their baseless, hate-filled, and desperate personal tirade against the next Vice President of the United States. Our Democratic collegues just don't know when to shut up, and that could be very good news for the GOP. Some of our friends are well-meaning, such as Sharon Cobb being bound and determined to somehow prove that the Palins are unAmerican (McCarthyism anyone?) because the First Dude was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party and Sarah Palin gave a speech to the group. We won't bother to explain that the States created the federal government, not the other way around, and that the very notion that Washington is the arbiter of what constitutes Americanism or American ideals is itself unAmerican. We won't even mention that there is something in the Constitution called the Tenth Amendment, and that Alaska joined the Union voluntarily.
It does show the world that our friends on the Left have a double standard. When those on the Right have tried to point out people who are unAmerican, we get called all kinds of nasty names and how dare we infringe on someone's belief, nevermind that they are a threat. When the Left deems someone unAmerican, however, you'd better watch out. Us Weekly, The National Enquirer, MSNBC and The New York Times will all be beating the door down to lead the denunciation. Those organizations, by the way, have done a far greater hatchet job than Sharon has-at least my friend tried to keep it clean
Nonetheless, keep it up! Your efforts have dug your man into a hole. Every piece of vitriole, falsehood, half-truth, and outright hate that the press and the Left spew at the Vice President-to-be digs the Democratic Party even further into the hole that it has created for itself. At this rate, the Democrats will have managed to completely destroy themselves by Election Day. Roll out the barrel for that victory party!
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