Some will say that the 2012 campaign can never recapture the excitement of 2008, and that the enthusiasm level of the president's supporters isn't quite as high, but in some ways this campaign seems more satisfying than four years ago. In 2008 we didn't have much sense, until about September when the stock market crashed, of just how bad things were going to get, and we had some uncertainties about our untested, fresh new leader. Now, we've survived a good deal of adversity, and we know we can rely on a tried and trusted survivor of an unprecedented level of opposition and obstructionism. Despite a weak economy, and boatloads of money being spent by the other side, President Obama is going to emerge on top, proving that he still enjoys the good will of the American people.
People are just beginning to appreciate the magnitude of the accomplishments of the president's first term. Even Mitt Romney is starting to admit there is a lot to like about health care reform. Manufacturing is coming back. Housing prices are heading back up. The stock market is booming. Domestic energy production is higher than ever. The troops are coming home.This country enjoys renewed respect around the world. Nobody can deny that General Motors is alive, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
We can expect some ups and downs, and more nastiness ahead, but it's time to be cautiously optimistic. It's time to think about Senate and House races. Stay positive. Keep building the momentum.