I've been out of the country for a week. I left and conservatives were holding a celebration that looked like the parade scene from Ferris Bueller. I come back and they're re-enacting Jonestown. The post DNC polls, it seems, have convinced some of us that all is lost. Dudes! Have some freaking fortitude! Let me make three points (some of which I've developed after talking to an erstwhile political insider who will remain nameless).
1. The polls - and the news about the polls - are made by people who want to demoralize you. When you act demoralized, you are aiding and abetting the enemy and helping to spread their poison. They lie. We know they lie. And then we proceed to believe them. Don't be doing that.
2. Even the best polls - Rasmussen's - overestimate Democrat turnout and are not designed to take into account anomalies like 2010. Some say, "Well, they were pretty accurate in 2010." But WHEN were they accurate? The answer: They turned quite suddenly accurate about ten minutes before the vote when even a blind man could look up and see the tsunami about to crash down on top of their heads. You wanna know how accurate September polling is? Take a look at this from Bloomberg. Not so much, kimosabe. Look closely at that Reagan-Carter poll too.
3. Romney and Obama are polling by the minute - far, far more often and more accurately than the professional pollsters. Which one of them looks frightened to you? Me too.
Hey, this is reality. Sometimes bad guys win and good guys lose. But to these increasingly ancient eyes, it looks as if we are on the march and they are in retreat. Is it time to despair? Not today, brothers and sisters. Not today.
However, by way of rebuttal and in the interest of fairness, here's a cogent defense of the president's economic plans: