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What if it’s really close?


Rush Limbaugh highlighted this yesterday, and it’s subsequently getting picked up on the blogosphere today. It is, putatively, the work of a repentant Hillary staffer who moved to the Obama campaign and is appalled by what she’s learned of their deviousness and scheming, and a little ashamed of the way they tried to destroy Sarah Palin. The piece is not sourced — so it’s not clear who wrote it, or, therefore, the goal. But it makes two interesting points; one, that the O campaign understood Palin as an asset rather than a drag from the start. Two — that, according to internal polls, many swing states are much closer than public polls indicate, some perhaps leaning right, partly because conservatives don’t talk to pollsters — on the phone or at the exit. The perhaps real blogger makes the clearly true point that there has been a concerted effort to psych out Republicans and suppress McCain votes. Not entirely new news — but an interesting, telling summary.

So what happens if/when Tuesday night is too close to call? It seems pretty possible that there will be more than one state in contention for a while. This time the GOP is prepared in many places to contest the kind of election fraud that the Democrats have been known to run against us — and each other. Voters are better able to communicate quickly with the media.

I’ve read all the liberal predictions — or is it hopes? — of blood in the streets. And yes, if the psy-ops quotient of the Obama campaign is as high as we are coming to understand, and his inevitibility much less certain than claimed — it is easy to imagine a great disappointment in the African American community. After all, it is one thing to have the first candidate of one’s race in a serious contest. But when you’ve been led to believe your guy is inevitable, it’s hard to comprehend an honest loss.

If John McCain finds himself slugging it out in the end game, I would love to have confidence that he will fight as hard as he can for the job. This would not be the moment for some kind of noble self-sacrifice on the altar of race relations, or someone else’s idea of the greater national good. Nope. This is a dead serious fight about the economy, national security, and the basic question of how much state control of our lives and choices is appropriate. The greater good is to win and to preserve our strength and rebuild what needs rebuilding. McCain really is a man with bi-partisan inclinations. He believes in reconciliation. This time that should come after winning, and only then.  


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