Something I just posted over on the DailyKos:
This was originally going to be a comment to this diary entry but I feel the message is to important to let it be lost in the wilderness.
kid oakland, please take this in the spirit in which it is intended, but I don't want to hear ANYONE talking about this election as if Kerry has it sewn up. Democrats have a tendency to relax when things look like they are going their way. From this day forward we should act as if we are 3 points behind and need every vote we can get BECAUSE WE NEED EVERY VOTE WE CAN GET.
There is no margin of victory large enough in this contest! George W. Bush must not be defeated. He must be utterly destroyed. Getting Kerry into the White House won't matter for sh*t if we don't do it in a manner so decisive that even the Republicans will have difficulty questioning his legitimacy (think Karl Rove attempting to spin the first debate for George and the NY Post reporter asking him to repeat his comment with a straight face.)
The following phrases and variations thereof should be forbidden:
"Victory is ours!"
"George Bush is toast!"
"It looks inevitable at this point"
"Kerry in a landslide!" (special note to Randi Rhodes)
The only thing that might be acceptable is some variation of "I'm cautiously optimistic".
I know some people need to hear good news in order to buck up their spirits. But anything you might hear from now until Nov. 3rd is just blowing wind. None of it matters until Kerry is declared the victor and he is sworn into office (one does not necessarily follow from the other).
Please don't be offended by this post kid oakland. But I didn't even read beyond the first could of sentences of your post because I simply don't want to hear analysis that says that victory is certain. If you or anyone else wants to say that things are looking up then please let us know. But don't tell us our job is done until the job is done.
The last thing we need to do is steal defeat from the jaws of victory.