Herein, a fictional conversation between two supporters of Barack Obama's. Call them "Ax" and "Rod." One is concerned about Obama's campaign. The other isn't. I suspect that a dialectic like this is taking place in the minds of many politically engaged Obama supporters right now. Should they panic? Or be patient.
Rod: I'm getting worried. I know you told me not to worry, but I really can't help it.
Ax: What worries you?
Rod: I know it's early. I know we don't know what the tickets will look like yet. And I know that Obama has the money and the staff to really put together a field operation the likes of which Democrats could only dream about. But what worries me is that, in this environment allegedly so favorable to the Democrats, the dream candidate of the party looks as if the wind's been knocked out of him.
Ax: Well, he's doing fine. He's leading or tied in just about every single poll that's come out over the course of two months. He is tied in states like Indiana, for Charlie Crist's-sakes. He has solid, outside the margin of error leads in other states bordering Illinois.