The lesson for us is that civic involvement is important even if you feel like you are screaming into the void. Whatever you may think of them personally, people like Cindy Sheehan make a bigger difference than we think --- her encampment at Crawford the summer of 2005 was a turning point in public opinion on the war. People who studied the issues on blogs and elsewhere and took that information into their workplaces and dinner tables also made a difference. Joining advocacy groups, getting out the vote, donating what you can spare --- all of it. That's what creates the political environment in which these people govern our country and they are acutely aware of what's going on out there more than ever before. It matters.
I believe that John McCain will be defeated in November. But we can't take anything for granted. There is no doubt now that there is nothing --- nothing --- that John McCain won't do or say to get elected.