Editors' Note:Guest blogger Scott K is a gay man living in sin with his partner of over twelve years whom he still cannot legally marry. Scott says he's not politically active because he wants to be, but he has to be. He takes very seriously Thomas Jefferson's famous quote "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance" which, strangely enough, he thinks he first heard on an episode of The Simpsons. Scott has one cat, two dogs, and a lot of opinions.
Unless you've been hiding away in a remote land like Alaska this past week, I'm sure you're aware that several recent polls have shown Barack Obama holding a statically significant lead over John McCain nationwide. More importantly, Obama is gaining in several key swing states. The numbers have caused McCain to have supposedly pulled out of Michigan to use his resources elsewhere, in effect conceding the state to Obama.
So as an Obama-supporter, why am I not smiling?
Simple: Obama's rise in polls could cost him the election.
All over the political blogosphere I am seeing victory cries in response to the poll results. Some blogs and pundits even went as far as to say that Obama effectively won the election when McCain announced he was leaving Michigan. But when I look at the calendar and see that the election is still roughly four weeks away, I wonder why are we celebrating. In terms of the public's notoriously fickle mind, that's still a very long time off. Anything could happen between now and then, and I have no doubt the McCain campaign still has a few tricks up their sleeve.
With the rise in polls, Obama's supporters have begun to assume that his election to President is assured. They no longer think their donation to his campaign is as needed or volunteering their time as critical. Worse yet, come election day, that busy mother-of-three may decide that it's ok not to vote as she needs to take kids to soccer practice and she doesn't have the time. Or the overworked employee may decide that he's too tired to get up extra early so he can vote before he goes to work. After all, Obama is going to win, right? Surely their one little vote won't make a difference. Unfortunately, there is no one making the call to remind them how important their vote really is.
Meanwhile over on the other side, McCain and Palin have become the underdogs. Their supporters know that in order for them to have a chance to win, they must do everything they can. They're still giving donations and making phone calls to undecided voters. They are reminding their base that it is absolutely critical that everysingleone of them votes.
So as we sit in front of our televisions on the evening of November 4th and watch crucial states like Florida and Ohio be called for McCain, who will we have to blame?
No one but our own lazy selves.
We can't blame Obama or Biden for not campaigning hard enough like we did with Kerry and Edwards after the 2004 election. No, they did their part. The question will be, did we do ours?
The video below demonstrates a easy way that you can get involved and help ensure Barack Obama gets elected. By you, I mean you - the person reading this right now. There is simply no excuse for you not to do your part.