It's clear enough by now that this election will be a nail-bitingly close one; and that any early triumphalism among the Obamaites is preposterous. Of course he can lose.
Of course "of course he can lose." The Kansas City Chiefs could play professional football next year. Vladimir Putin could join the Tiny Tim Fan Club. Newt Gingrich could shave some ego and Sarah Palin could read a book and Mitt Romney could force a personal acquisition of some human DNA. A bit more realistically, I could stop giving a rat's ass about the commentariat's admonitory prediction, en masse, that "of course he could lose."
For me, anyway, "Obamaitism" and "blind optimism" are not synonymous. For some they are, and from those folks I keep a safe and intellectually healthy distance. Such rabidly pro-Obama derangement is too spookily reminiscent of the wretched W. years. Yes, I'm pro-Obama, but I can also read an electoral map and I can read (positive) polling data from the critical half-dozen or so battleground states on that map and I can appreciate increasing demographic advantages for Obama as well. And most of all, I can recognize an epic loser--hello, Mitt--from a parsec away.
Could things change throughout the next five months?
Let's give that some deep thought ...
... I'm thinking ...
OK, I'm back. Of course they could. But for the moment, at least, to possess a vast confidence in Obama's reelection isn't "triumphalist" in a preposterously pollyannish, delusional, or quixotic sense. It's perfectly logical.