As we come up to the primaries in Iowa and NH, it's very tempting to make predictions about how we're going to do. While I love making predictions myself (most of us wouldn't be on this forum if we weren't political junkies), I think we should be very cautious about posting predictions.
We've seen a lot of attacks lately. In a way that's a badge of honor since people wouldn't be trying to bring us down if they didn't think we're going to have an effect - a big effect - on the outcome of these elections. Some of the opposing campaigns are just now beginning to realize how sizable our support is but it's too late for them to do anything about it at this point. That makes them feel threatened and the only thing left for them to do is lash out at us. We've seen examples of this recently.
Since the media and opposing campaigns are now publicly acknowledging our impact, I think we should expect them to start artificially raising expectations for how we're going to do in Iowa and NH. If they succeed in raising expectations too far, then they can bash us and marginalize Dr. Paul if we don't live up to them. Just like people tried to criticize us for "only" raising $4M and $6M in the money bombs when the goals were set at $10M.
So feel free to make predictions but please refrain from posting them publicly. We all know that people are in for a shock - let's not spoil the surprise for them. There are a lot of people browsing this forum who wish do harm and are looking for any angle they can find. For example, there are currently 426 anonymous "guests" lurking here and while most are probably casual RP supporters, I would bet money that at least 10-20 of them are reporters/bloggers/activists/etc. who are looking for ways to bring us down. We know what we're dealing with.
Please don't give them an inch.