Winning and Losing

According to the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll, Obama's at 51% and McCain's at 41%. As always, take every poll with a huge grain of salt. Still, a double-digit lead is a pretty significant result.

Something I've been thinking about today: If Obama loses this thing, he'll go down having fought one hell of a race—a first-term senator and historic candidate who campaigned mostly with honor and decency, inspired a new generation to get involved in politics, and has a sterling career ahead of him. If Obama loses, it will be with dignity; he can have enormous pride in how close he came to winning.

If McCain loses this thing, he'll go down in flames—a party elder whose election it was to lose from Day One, who sold his soul to the devil, left his reputation in absolute tatters, and soiled his legacy by making a colossal mockery of everything he claims to believe in. If McCain loses, it will be with ignominy; he will suffer the abject humiliation of ending his career in a spectacular personal and professional flame-out of mythic proportions.


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