Carol Platt Liebau: Never, never, never give up.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Never, never, never give up.

That's what Winston Churchill said, and he's right. Three weeks before election day, there's no doubt that it's disheartening to see the predictions of doom emanating from respected right-wing pundits. And make no mistake -- they could be right. Election Day could be very ugly.

Perhaps the most pernicious effect of all the predictions is the undermining of Republican enthusiasm. Scandals like the Foley matter and stories like this seem designed to anger the GOP base and drive down turnout. There's a reason that both sides like to trumpet the good news and downplay the bad -- bad news depresses turnout and dries up fundraising. Don't get sucked in by the MSM's latest round of anti-GOP doomsaying.

No election outcome is foreordained. In his inaugural address, President Reagan once said, "I don't believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing." In other words, the choice lies with voters. Will those who are disgruntled by something the GOP has done have the maturity to put that disagreement aside, in the interests of keeping the country safe?

Predictions of Republican electoral disaster have been wrong before, and they can be again. Help key senators like Jim Talent and Rick Santorum.

Volunteer for the GOP.

Make sure your Republican friends and neighbors are planning to vote.

We have the ability to prove the naysayers and the pollsters wrong once again. We just need to do it.

Update: Jay Cost performs a number of mindblogging statistical calculations, and concludes that the seeming "certainty" about a Democratic takeover is entirely misplaced.


Post a Comment

<< Home