21 Days to go: Keep on Keeping On

By Carol Tobias, NRLC President

NRLC President Carol Tobias [photo credit: Elizabeth Spillman]

It doesn’t matter if this presidential election looks like a landslide or if it will be another nail-biter like the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.  We take nothing for granted and we keep on keeping on.

Three weeks left of this campaign.  It doesn’t matter what you hear, keep on keeping on.  Think about what we have heard over the past few weeks, how it has kept changing, and will likely change again.

Barack Obama is so far ahead, there’s no way he can lose.

Mitt Romney has the momentum.  If this keeps going, he’s the clear winner.

Whoever wins the next debate wins the election.

For a while, many in the mainstream media seemed to be saying that Obama was so far ahead in several key states that the election was practically over.  Were they hoping that Romney supporters would get discouraged and give up?  If so, they don’t know you.

Now we are reading stories that say everything is beginning to go Romney’s way.  What if you heard in a week or two that Romney has unbeatable momentum? Don’t believe it for a second, any more than you believed President Obama’s path to re-election was clear sailing.

Maybe someone is hoping that we’ll become complacent and decide we don’t have to knock on that extra door or make that extra phone call or distribute that last bunch of flyers, because our guy is going to win anyway. If they do, they don’t know you.

Many political activists spend a lot of time trying to determine if there will be an “October surprise,” a previously unknown story that emerges about one of the candidates, severely damaging that candidate’s chances.  Because of 24-hour news cycles, the Internet, and other forms of communication, the surprise factor appears to be less and less likely.  Since voting has already started in several states, it seems more likely that damaging information would have already been released. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

However… regardless of the polls…regardless of how the last two debates go…regardless of any October surprise, we won’t rest until that last poll closes and every eligible pro-lifer has voted.

We keep on keeping on.

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