I'll admit it: This week I've been having what legendary Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson called "squeaky bum time". It seemed as if the whole weight of the US establishment, with an able assist from the Russian FSB, was being thrown at Hillary Clinton. Most of us were in apoplexy, and I was no different. (Although dammit I hid it well.)
But, it seems as if this was the last hurrah. Polling shows that the ship, weathering a gale, has been righted. Today's polls are nothing but good news for Mrs. Clinton and the Democrats.
Why did we let ourselves get into this state?
Part of it, of course, is a very human reaction. As humans we are very susceptible to stress of various kinds. It's an evolutionary trait which has enabled us to evolve from the savannas of Africa to walking around playing Pokemon Go.
However, it is a particular trait of Democrats.
Even though we've won 5 of the past 6 presidential elections, we always feel as if the world is about to cave in on us. Doom is all we see, no matter how good the numbers actually are. We can have 10 good polls and we'll focus on the one bad outlier. The GOP has been successful in pummeling us that way, working the media so that it sheds its "liberal" label.
Meanwhile, Republican are always confident. Even when they're down 10 points, even when it's obvious they're heading for a shellacking, they keep up that bravado. Which adds to Democratic consternation. "Maybe they know something we don't know." No. They know exactly what we know, but they don't care. They know how to play a losing hand to at the very least get in our heads.
We as Democrats need to develop a swagger. Barack Obama has it. Hillary Clinton has it. We have to adopt it. We have to go into every election confident that we'll win.
This isn't to say that we have to be complacent. Complacency and confidence are different animals. Complacency breeds mistakes. Confidence energizes you, making you work to make sure you win.
Our long national nightmare is almost at an end, and Madam President seems on her way to a victory. (Plus all indications are that Democrats will retake the Senate.) Now is the time for a quiet confidence that we are hearing the last gasps of a dying beast. Now is the time to get to work and continue rebuilding our country to make it better than when we found it.
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