Sunday, November 2, 2008

Suffering From Nervous Democrat Syndrome? You're Not Alone

Recently I warned Democrats not to be too complacent after reading favorable polls for Barack Obama. There's another trend among Democrats, though, that's probably more prevalent: the Nervous Democrat Syndrome.

Let's face it: to be a Democrat is not to take winning a presidential race for granted. Many of us are especially uptight remembering the stolen election of 2000, which George Bush "won" due to the widespread disenfranchisement of thousands of black and Jewish voters in Florida. There's also concern about the "Bradley Effect," the fear that some whites may say they'll vote for an African American, but won't overcome their racism once they're in the voting booth. In addition, there's the fear that, once again, Karl Rove-style negative campaigning, used constantly by the McCain campaign, will work.

Larry David wrote about his anxiety regarding the election in "Waiting For Nov. 4th" (10/22/08), which appeared in The Huffington Post. Before you read an excerpt, let's establish David's liberal Democratic credentials. Here he is in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," unable to conduct an affair with a woman who is a Bush supporter and a Republican:

Can anyone blame David for being immediately turned off? Now to the excerpt:

I can't take much more of this. Two weeks to go, and I'm at the end of my rope. I can't work. I can eat, but mostly standing up. I'm anxious all the time and taking it out on my ex-wife, which, ironically, I'm finding enjoyable. This is like waiting for the results of a biopsy. Actually, it's worse. Biopsies only take a few days, maybe a week at the most, and if the biopsy comes back positive, there's still a potential cure. With this, there's no cure. The result is final. Like death. To read more, click here.

The New York Times weighed in on the topic with the article "Obama Is Up, and Fans Fear That Jinxes It" (11/1/08):

In the den of his home in New Hope, Pa., a liberal Democrat sits tap-tapping at his computer.

Jon Downs works the electoral vote maps on Yahoo like a spiritualist shaking his Ouija board. He calibrates and recalibrates: Give Senator John McCain Ohio, Missouri, even Florida. But Virginia and Pennsylvania, those go to Senator Barack Obama. And Vermont, Democrats can count on Vermont, right?


Almost always, Mr. Downs, 53, ends with Mr. Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, ahead, which should please this confirmed liberal and profound Obama fan. But just as often he feels worried. 
To read more, click here.

I recommend the same treatment for Nervous Democrat Syndrome as I do for complacency. Get out there and do what you can individually for the Obama-Biden campaign. Click here to find your polling location or volunteer for the campaign today. Maybe you can make some phone calls or knock on some doors this Sunday or, if you're able to, on Monday. You'll be amazed how therapeutic these actions are. Along the way, you'll make a valuable contribution toward the ultimate cure for Nervous Democrat Syndrome: putting Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the White House.


Anonymous said...

I hope your nervousness is justified. I also hope that all your points come true and that the Obama loss is one to send you to the bottle!!!

Jeff Tone said...

If I read you correctly, you don't wish my preferred candidate or me well. An Obama victory, however, would send me to the bottle. I have a nice, new cabernet sauvignon that I hope to use for an Obama victory toast.