I think the folks behind Barack Obama are beginning to believe all that conventional wisdom that says their guy is going to win big in November. The other day I got an e-mail from Steve Hildebrand, a Deputy Campaign Manager for the Obama effort. (I get a lot of e-mail from Democrats – gotta know what the opposition’s up to.)
You’ll like this.
This morning someone forwarded me an email sent by the arm of the Republican Party that raises money for their Senate candidates.
The subject of the message was “Democrats Win Landslide Victory,” and the writer, Republican former Senator Bill Frist, admits: “I have a real fear of waking up to this headline after the elections this fall.”
He goes on to explain fears among Washington power brokers about Barack Obama’s grassroots support and voter registration efforts.
He’s right to be worried — we’re bringing new people into the process, and Obama supporters are organizing in communities across the country like never before.
To be honest, I didn’t care for it much but I kept reading, because Steve quoted from the GOP e-mail sent out by Senator Frist (the snips are in the original Hildebrand quote):
Dear Republican Supporter,
I have a real fear of waking up to this headline after the elections this fall. […]
In key states, news accounts indicate Democrats are outpacing Republicans registering voters. We also know Barack Obama’s campaign is utilizing the Internet to raise record amounts of money to support his campaign and Democrats nationally … all in the hope that new voters and record resources will produce a Democrat landslide victory this fall.
There’s so much at risk, and conservatives I talk with from all across the country are feeling the rumblings of “what could be.” […]
I’ll grant that this is true to an extent but I think it’s not because Democrats are all that exciting, but because those of us on the conservative side aren’t too jazzed about having John McCain at the head of the ticket. And I wonder if at least some of the Democrat registration uptick stems from Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos”. Undaunted, Steve continues on:
What’s amazing about this message referencing Barack Obama is that it’s not from the McCain campaign. It’s not even about the presidential race.
It’s about the forces of the status quo, who don’t want to change the way Washington works, worried about the prospect of ordinary people taking their rightful place in a political process that is too often dominated by lobbyists and special interests.
They’ve seen the writing on the wall, and they know that when Barack is the nominee, we’re going to continue building a movement for change to elect Barack Obama and bring about change from the bottom up at every level of office.
Unfortunately, the only change that Barack Obama would bring to Washington is to enrich certain sets of “special interests” at the expense of others. Lobbying groups like environmentalists, unions, and trial lawyers would be emboldened while those the Obama campaign tars with the brush of “special interests” like the military, Second Amendment advocates, and energy producers would find themselves pushed farther away from the table.
Like Steve Hildebrand, I too seek “change from the bottom up at every level of office.” However, my vision of change is a far cry from the socialist one of adding entitlement programs, taxing the companies who produce the energy a growing American economy needs, and regulating everything that moves. Nor does it involve using the tax code as both a carrot and a stick to regulate behavior.
Instead, my vision is that of peace through strength, abundant energy that is produced predominantly from domestic sources, secure borders, and a business-friendly tax and trade climate (otherwise known as a “free market”) that encourages companies to return to the good old U.S. of A. to produce their goods, with workers that are either native or here from abroad legally. Of course, I’m not running for any office higher than the one I currently hold but I’m a firm believer in my theory which holds that the majority of Americans wish to see a country more like I envision than the one Barack Obama and his most fervent and socialist supporters (except maybe at the Trinity United Church of Christ, Barack’s former church that he threw under the bus last weekend) wish to make America into.
I’m sort of glad to see that the Obama camp is feeling their oats at this stage of the game. They may get a rude shock come November when things don’t quite pan out the way they hoped.
Crossposted at Red Maryland.