Okay, we can all exhale now.
For all the Democrats who have spent the last several months not daring to get too overconfident, fearful of some last-minute dirty trick, worrying despite all the evidence that some Karl Rovian demon would spring out of the darkness of the national psyche to trip up our candidate: It’s time to let all that go.
Over the last few weeks, I collected a few links for this moment, which I was confident all along we would arrive at — mementos of naysaying that deserve one last snort before we despatch them to the Web scrapheap.
Here, for instance, is a strange post from the Asia Times by “Spengler”: “McCain will win in November, and by a landslide.”
There was also that refrain of concern that Obama was “not a closer” — first outlined by doubters during the primary season, more recently propounded by Karl Rove to spook the Democrats.
Even more insidious was a high-flown piece by Lee Siegel (of sockpuppetry fame) in the Wall Street Journal, which sang the praises of “the Republicans’ unilateral mastery of the cultural strategy” in the wake of the Palin nomination, under a headline touting the “edge” that “Sarah Palin and the Republicans” had this fall. Siegel also threw in a gratuitous sneer at Obama’s name (“like having a Democratic candidate for president named Pruschev at the height of the Cold War”).
In the Boston Phoenix, my haunt in the ’80s, Steven Stark spun out the masochistic scenario of a last-minute Truman-like turnaround for McCain.
We can put all that behind us now. There, I feel better.
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