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How Many Obama Supporters Do You Know?

Mark Alexander · Oct. 17, 2008

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” –Samuel Adams

Fellow Patriots,

We need your help today, and this is NOT a donor solicitation.

Most of you know someone who plans to vote for Barack Hussein Obama instead of John Sidney McCain. If you don’t know any Obama supporters personally, you certainly have family, friends or associates who know them.

McCain, a centrist Republican, is a statesman and a patriot of the first order. As such, he is much more suited to the office of president than Obama, the most liberal member of the Senate, a still-mysterious man whose tissue-thin résumé contains no qualifications for that office beyond his age and his claim to U.S. citizenship.

Here, then, is what we’re asking of you.

Later today, you will receive an additional e-mail from PatriotPost.US entitled “Presidential Character,” based on an essay I wrote last week. That essay has given pause to many Obama supporters, and has been a tipping point toward McCain for many undecided and independent voters.

We encourage you to forward the “Presidential Character” e-mail to everyone you know so it will reach a wide audience both of Obama supporters, estimated to be 45 percent of the electorate, and of undecided voters, estimated to be 13 percent of the electorate.

Please assist us with this effort to reach as many voters as possible. If hundreds of thousands of you forward that message, and it is then re-forwarded only a few times, it can reach between five and ten percent of the electorate in just a few days.

Again, look for “Presidential Character” in the subject line, and please project it far and wide.

On another note, if you are among the handful of our readers who are so disillusioned as to have already surrendered this election, let me offer you the eternal advice of one Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

First, while this election constitutes a major battle, it is not the war. And in the inimitable words of Patrick Henry, “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”

Second, despite all the Pollaganda, and all those pantywaist prognosticators proclaiming McCain to be DOA, we should recall the words of Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

This is a very tight race, and Obama may, in fact, have an edge, but let me draw your attention to a couple of polling anomalies.

Earlier this year in the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton was pronounced dead in her battle against Barack Obama. Only 24 hours before that vote, 12 major polls predicted that she would lose by a substantial margin – on average more than 10 percentage points. Yet when the votes were counted in New Hampshire, Clinton was the victor.

Beltway pundits have tried mightily to explain this bizarre event as stemming from an influx of aggrieved women for Clinton, but we’re not convinced. We think it was the result of the “Bradley effect,” which refers to Tom Bradley’s 1982 California gubernatorial campaign, which he lost despite holding a significant lead in the polls right up until the election. The theory holds that black candidates tend to do better in polls than they do on Election Day, because many voters are uncomfortable telling pollsters that they intend to vote for an opposing candidate who happens not to be black.

Still, it is possible that in this election cycle, the same “white guilt” that leads certain voters to profess their support for Obama will also lead them to vote for that woefully unqualified candidate on 4 November.

Fellow Patriots, this pivotal battle is not yet lost. Please forward “Presidential Character” when it arrives in your inbox later today.

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander Publisher, PatriotPost.US