October 29, 2010
Forgive me if I don't gloat over the sweep
With front page headlines like this talking about a GOP sweep, I'm tempted to disagree.
Not so much out of kneejerk skepticism, but also for reasons of political pragmatism. I cannot agree more with the warning "Don't get cocky," and I don't think it is possible to stress the importance of that wisdom enough.
A sweep is not a sweep until it has swept. My worry is that all the yammering about the Republican sweep might have two effects:
1. tending to promote cockiness among conservatives, libertarians, and Republicans, while simultaneously -All in all, this is bad. The more a right wing victory is made to appear inevitable, and the more they are portrayed as (or perceived to be) gloating, the more likely that independent voters will have last-minute second thoughts.
This may explain the GOP sweep headlines. And even if the polls do confirm that there will be a sweep, since when does the liberal media enjoy reporting anything that might help Republicans?
So I think it's a bad idea to be cocky over the sweep that hasn't happened. And I also think it would be a bad idea to get cocky over it even if it does happen, but I don't want to get ahead of my present state of self-inflicted gloom.
There will be plenty to time to refuse to gloat later.
MORE: FWIW, I have been too busy campaigning to have buyer's remorse. Sure, I have my usual complaints about Republicans, and as a libertarian I have my usual complaints about conservatism. But this time around, I feel so strongly about getting the Democrats out that rather than holding my nose and voting per my usual style, I am holding my nose while campaigning!
UPDATE: Many thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link and for quoting me.
I also notice Glenn has repeated his warning.
The only thing I might add to what I wrote is that in addition holding my nose while campaigning, I have also held my nose while contributing. If you don't have time or your lower back pain prevents you from doing the pain-in-the-ass campaign things like hanging leaflets on doors or making phone calls, then your money can make such nitty-gritty stuff happen, and it can also help pay for those expensive TV ads.
Comments welcome, agree or disagree, from gloaters or non-gloaters.
(Heck, I'd even enjoy hearing from the patriotic "non-partisans" who are encouraging their friends vote in a "non-partisan" manner....)
posted by Eric on 10.29.10 at 12:23 PM
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