Whatever result we wake up to on November 7th, the war is just beginning. Romney in the White House and a Republican Congress would be a significant tactical win in a strategic war where conservatives have much catching up to do.
It's always been about the long game. President Obama is not a marvel created by that speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. He is the product of 100 years of progressivism and the "long march through the institutions." The last four years are the culmination of decades of hard work by progressives in education, the media, places of worship, and the entertainment industry. Big government came in stages; little pushes that became huge shoves when it was apparent that the population wouldn't fight back. It's a slow alteration in the American DNA -- perhaps an idea sown into your head in high school, championed by that celebrity you admire, made requisite for coursework by your college professor. In the end, we have reached a point where close to half of the American population will not reject concepts and values that would have been considered reprehensible a century ago. The progressives' long game has worked.
I have lived in Canada, England, Belgium and Australia. I can assure you with no small degree of confidence that in these places (barring Canada ... go Canucks!) conservatives are, in cricket parlance, "on the back foot." Our ideas are the radical and fringe ones. Thrift and economy, family values, the right to own firearms, and pride in one's c0untry are values that might as well be on the sandwich board of the lunatic on the street. It did not happen overnight. Imagine living in a nation that thinks like Massachusetts, and has Spain's financial prospects ... that's where the vast majority of the western world lives.
The world, however, is complex. It is inherently chaotic and ever-changing. This is why the world's media will be looking at the Election Day results with such interest. Has progressivism indeed been the inevitable force its supporters hoped it would be? Will conservatives in the U.S. be limited to the isolated enclaves they inhabit in the rest of the west? The dominant political view here hopes so. The small minority of conservatives hope too ... that if Americans can resist, then so can they.
I believe Romney will win, and it will not be just because of what Americans do now with their campaigning and door knocking. It will be because of a conservative long game, that first came to fore with the Tea Party and that summer of discontent. An America that returns to ideas of small government, personal liberty and responsibility will be due to the long game that you all start that morning of November 7th... regardless of who is dominant in Washington.