Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C.S. Lewis--

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Word To The Optimists

You're probably wrong. It's looking more and more like this election will be a colossal whipping for Republicans. The presidency, multiple senate seats, and a few dozen house seats may swing to the other side. On election night, I plan to huddle close with loved ones and have a couple of beers to dilute the taste of the tears that will be running down my cheeks.

Ok, so that was a little hyperbolic. Seriously though, when the best signs you have for optimism are a 3 point lead for Obama and the hope that Elizabeth Dole MIGHT be able to keep her Senate seat, things aren't going your way. The national polls are just the tip of the iceberg. Obama is poised for an electoral college landslide if his current leads hold up in the swing states.

There is some room for hope. All of these polls are predicated on the assumption that for once, voter patterns will really change drastically from previous cycles. That hasn't happened in a long time. If all the hoopla about Obama's registration and GOTV efforts is merely sound and fury, signifying nothing, then we might just pull out a win in this sucker. It's not something I'd want to bet money on, though.

So get ready. Stock your emergency kits, stockpile Russell Kirk, and kiss a loved one. We may be in for a bumpy ride.