Events have conspired to serve us well. Our battlefield is prepared for us as few ever are.
Except for small, isolated pockets, there simply is not any good news for the Democrats in these midterm elections. Read the facts that obtain nationwide below and consider - prior to my own report on the local Colbert v Schiff campaign here in CA CD 29.
Speaker Pelosi, seeing the challenges just a few days ahead, has suggested that she will not seek the office of Speaker of the House again (of course, she will probably not be eligible anyway).
Democrats who consistently voted with Pelosi are now consistently attacking her and promising not to support her for Speaker again.
Early voting in Nevada shows Republicans barging ahead in a heavily Democratic state.
Nearly every pundit in the press is predicting a landmark year for Republican candidates.
Even in many districts previously thought safe for Democrat incumbents, conservative challengers are moving ahead in the polls.
Campaigning Democrats are trying hard to hide their party affiliation, their past votes in Congress, and their track record in voting with Speaker Pelosi.
They are trying hard to hide or disavow the millions in contributions they have taken from unions and their plans to give union hundreds of billions in pension bailouts soon.
Obama and Democratic congressional leaders continue to hold voters in contempt referring to us as ‘naïve’, ‘not aware’, ‘ignorant’, ‘challenged’ and more.
Depending on which polls you follow, the pollsters are predicting Republican upsets of Democratic seats in the House by 40-90 seats. It’s an almost certain House majority for Republicans after November 2.
CBS today predicted that 1/3 of 2008’s Obama voters will not be voting Democrat in a few days.
Major employers are beginning to disclose the *true* cost of the new healthcare law. And Democrat legislators are retaliating in anger as the truth is revealed.
Congress adjourns without passing a budget, leaving Obama with no adult supervision so he can raise spending even further, although he has already raised the national debt more in 2 years than in the country’s entire previous history (230-odd years) combined.
We see an administration that promised us a post-racial, post-partisan, transparent administration working hard to stir up racial resentments, locking out political opponents from legislative negotiations, refusing to protect voting rights of rank-and-file citizens and the military, and blocking access to critical oversight information. Pus lots of 'miscalculations' (not political ones, although there may be a few of thsoe, too) or 'mistakes'.
There is even loose talk that Obama 'has gone' quietly but diagnostically bonkers and is simply waiting for the Cabinet to oust him and appoint Pelosi vice president (unlikely by my reckoning).
More reasonably predictable would be the perfect storm composed of these rows of dominoes: a deepening recession that some argue borders on a depression, coupled with Obama's obvious intent of doing nothing about it - in fact antagonizing it with anti-business policies and rhetoric - coupled with troublesome multi-employer union pension plans combined with new accounting rules that would require companies to fairly state the liabilities these pensions represent to their balance sheets (huge liabilities) and the resulting impact on these companies stock prices and ability to obtain loans or even bonds (and the resulting impact on the lending and insurance industries)... combined with the Fed's proposed $100 billion per month in government obligation buy-backs ('printing' money with it's attendant inflationary pressures)... combined with a proposed Fed policy of allowing inflation to cure low interest rates... and let's just don't stir the mortgage mess into that mix, OK? ...and you have a conjunction of events perfectly aligned to produce an economic meltdown on the scale of the Weimar Republic, only much, much worse. (Remember, the whole purpose of the Fed is that they merely talk about doing something and the economy responds like a Ferrari. In most cases lately with a sustained, yet repeated case of cardiac arrest.)
All because of corrupt public 'servants' who made a virtue out of felonious behavior over a 30 year period.
Combine all that with the oft-heard suggestion that this crisis is exactly what Obama privately and earnestly wishes to produce, and we have the most compelling or reasons to take no further risks with our economy and wealth. We must fight - and fight hard - to restore the US to its former greatness - if only for our personal survival as individuals and families.
The Democrats attempt all this while laying various plans to really stick it to us (in multifarious interesting and creative ways) during the lame duck session of the US Congress right after the same election that will disown their agenda.
All this embroidered with the tapestry of the prodigious 'me too' idiocy we saw today in the 1773 v 1776 meme transmitted instantly throughout the lefty blogosphere without the most cursory examination by their weighty intellects. A perfect metaphor for the unexamined acceptance of socialistic memes over the last 50 years, and even the national conversation we had over healthcare legislation this past year. Intellectual giants ready for the really big thoughts, to be sure.
We don't even have to mention serials of tax cheats as cabinet Secretaries, including Treasury, or Supreme Court justices that you wouldn't trust to represent you in Small Claims Court, or the hurried departure of so many senior administration officials producing a stunning spectacle similar to rats departing a sinking ship, do we?
And all of this is being reported by a mainstream media that still doesn’t ‘get it’ about voter anger this season. A media that won’t report about the pending disasters confronting our country such as the union pension fund crisis.
The conditions for victory have been set and the battle lines are very clearly drawn.
All we need to do is step onto this season's battlefield for the final fight of the season and work hard for victory. My team is ready to do that.
Galeazzo Ciano said that victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry took the thought even further by noting that "commonly, people believe that defeat is characterized by a general bustle and a feverish rush. Bustle and rush are the signs of victory, not of defeat. Victory is a thing of action. It is a house in the act of being built. Every participant in victory sweats and puffs, carrying the stones for the building of the house. But defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom. And above all of futility."
Those of us who are tuned in to the volunteer emailings from mybarackobama.com and similar groups know for certain that they are feeling the weariness, incoherence, the futility of their struggle. Nowhere in their communications is there the joyous bustle of a house being built. Oh, they realize that they must convey this, but they just can't. Bravely as they try, their dejection comes through clearly.
Tonight, as on many nights, that bustle and feverish rush was manifest at the Colbert HQ in CA CD 29. I was tossed out of the HQ so a phone banker could use my desk.
Earlier, a white tornado buzzed through the HQ, cleaning and straightening to prepare for the nightly volunteer overload.
A volunteer coordinator trots thru to deliver more call sheets to one worker and more credit card forms to another. In the corner by the big monster printer, the candidate and Hugh, the database rock star, consult quietly over the 12,000 peice mail merge they are about to run. A paper mail merge that will require first class postage. They move over to a computer to order a mechanical folder/stuffer online.
Yet another worker scans bar codes on returned vote-by-mail enrollments so the precinct walkers don't have to chase down that set of voters this weekend. We now know 75% of them are going to vote.
Somewhere in the central time zone an email server is churning bravely away on the daily 90,000 emailing for the money bomb.
It's a good sort of crazy. The very finest variety of chaos. Honestly, it's not what we expected in a D+14 district when we discussed it 3 months ago. We are ending the second day of an 8 day money bomb. We are about to double our overall fundraising goal for the bomb because we are nearly halfway to our goal after only 2 days.
We are contacting 4,000 voters on weekends (walk plus call) and several hundred each weeknight. Now, many people we talk to are telling us that this is our second or third contact with them.
Quality problem. We have seen our opponent warn his followers that our challenge 'must be taken seriously' and that our campaign 'is no joke'. Yes. Schiff is disclosing that he has never had much of a clue about campaigning - he only required a serious challenger to get at the truth.
Our Newt fundraiser raised about $100,000.00, causing many other donors to make a brave effort to match it.
Fundraising is getting much much easier - not harder - as campaign workers involuntarily transmit the scent of victory to the voters they are cold-calling. They match this, and those match that, with a snowball effect.
Victory is a rolling, roiling machine that seems unstoppable.
Those who are inclined to study war know that logistics and preparation are the god-parents of victory. Provide what is needed, ensure it's pushed reliably and far forward enough to be of use to the soldiers who need it. Prepare the battlefield so that the conditions for victory are firmly in place.
Then send in the infantry.
My candidate and I both served in a time when 'preparing the battlefield' was an untried idea whose merit had yet to be proven. By the 'oughts, our military was so comfortable with the idea that generals talked about it regularly on TV as if it were something that could be learned in JROTC.
Scan the above again at your leisure. Those are the conditions for victory. Our battlefield has been well-prepared. We've had the luxury of having our enemy prepare parts of the battefield for us to our favor.
We need only make sure our socks are dry and our boots tightly laced, and tap those mags to ensure every round is well seated. Plan on putting every round squarely on target - no 'volume of fire' doctrine in this battle.
Never has any battlefield been so well prepared with the final conditions for victory so well established.
Even outright risks - perhaps even gambles - taken now, will almost certainly pay off.
If you like, help Colbert's fight here.
It's time to tear into them and finish this fight.
Then on November 3, begin preparing the battlefield for the 2012 fight.