Scott Elliott has a message everyone in the GOP needs to hear — enough with the doom and gloom. Do something to make a difference.
After suffering through a withering summer in which their fortunes seemed to steadily decline into resignation, many Republicans feel the Foley scandal is indeed the coup de resistance for Democrats ravenous to regain the gavel of power on Capitol Hill. The undersea earth has shifted; the tsunami is on its way. And there’s nothing we can do to stop the coming tidal wave from crashing down on November 7. There is no force to stand against the swelling political seas. Hey, we had a nice run; it’s time to close up shop and accept the inevitable, right?
I can hear Jimmy V. turning in his grave and the editorial board at The New York Times shrieking with delight. Are we really giving up? With so much to lose, so much on the table, with America’s very future hanging in the balance, surely we can’t be calling it quits. If we learned anything from the last three elections, it is that participation, not polls, pundits or pooh-poohing, makes or breaks an election.
In 2000, ineffective GOP mobilization efforts and disaffected GOP voters afforded Al Gore 500,000 more votes than George W. Bush. In 2002 and 2004, a transformation of miraculous proportions took place in the Republican get-out-the-vote machine. It culminated in the GOP control of both congressional chambers and the re-election of a Republican president who received over 3 million more votes than his opponent and nearly 8 million more than any previous presidential candidate in history.As an NC State alum, the reference to the words of Jimmy V. definitely inspires me. Never, ever give up. Look at the examples of George Allen and Joe Lieberman. There is a month to go and although the Foley scandal slowed the momentum Republican candidates were experiencing, it did not determine the election unless you let it. Read all of Scott’s post. He does not just give a rosy pep talk, he includes facts and figures, and some history.
For those unfamiliar with Scott Elliott’s site, Election Projection, he projects election results based on a formula he created which allowed him to call 48 of 50 states correctly in the last presidential election. His site should be a daily stop for anyone wanting to follow the hot races across the country.