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  •  When you write this: (38+ / 0-)
    "You can only use fear and divisiveness for so long before the results come back and haunt you."
    I'm reminded of a pet hypothesis of mine about the Fox News Channel. It has churned out anti-Government rhetoric with the machine-like quality that Wonka plopped Everlasting Gobstoppers onto a conveyor belt, Doocy (plop), Kilmeade (plop), Carlson (plop), Baier (plop), O'Reilly (plop), Kelly (plop), Hannity (plop), Gutfeld (plop) and on and on every minute for the last six years.

    That anti-Government rhetoric worked in 2010 to aid the astro-turf Tea Party movement, but the constant sophistries, day-in and day-out, must eventually wear down the psyche, with another ObamaCare vote in the House (plop), a Benghazi hearing (plop), a Fast & Furious report (plop), a Government Shutdown (plop), the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare (plop) and so on ad-apparently-infinitum.

    I figure that we are witnessing Stage Four (Depression) or Five (Acceptance) of the Five Stages of Republican Grief. They put Stage Two (Anger) to good use with the Tea Party, but that's long past as an energetic movement. Stage Three (Bargaining) saw them attempt to hold the United States hostage with their Government Shutdown, which turned into another fail, and that stage continued on with their constant whining about imagined victim status, which was, in reality, simply the natural repercussions related to their intrinsic sexism, bigotry and racism.

    Thanks for the diary. I'll read that column now. Cheers!

    My dog likes me because I'm salty. Not salty like a pirate. Salty like a pretzel.

    by Tortmaster on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 01:01:43 AM PDT

    •  His article lays it out pretty clearly (19+ / 0-)

      "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

      by LaFeminista on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 01:09:57 AM PDT

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    •  My favorite quote (1+ / 0-)
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      from the article (Blow responding to the accusation of the war on white people):

      This is a paranoid delusion wrapped in a staggering deflection inside an utter lack of personal — or party — accountability.
      Priceless.

      I am interested in your speculation of the 5 stages of Republican grief.  I had not thought of it in this context.

      It will be really interesting if the general population of republicans get to acceptance.  I think many of them may be forever stuck in anger . . .

      •  Thanks, SilverWillow! (1+ / 0-)
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        It seemed like the anger (caused by fear) about ObamaCare in 2009 and 2010 was genuine, and it made them energetic. Now, their anger is haphazard, off-target and only really successful at shooting themselves in the foot.

        I do want to retract a little on my hypothesis and suggest that they are still in Stage Three (bargaining). As long as the GOP maintains the House and the Supreme Court, they don't have to worry about the next stage. I think, unfortunately, the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision was a reprieve for some of them.

        My dog likes me because I'm salty. Not salty like a pirate. Salty like a pretzel.

        by Tortmaster on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 08:11:55 PM PDT

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        •  I think (1+ / 0-)
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          that the smart politicians are trying their shot at bargaining, because they realize that there or only so many crazy people who will support them.  They can't afford to lose the old school republicans (who were republicans because of fiscal policy, not hatred and fear).

          But the hard core followers seem to be stuck in anger (which is probably driven by fear of their loss of privilege).  The more sane republicans are walking away in disgust.

          Since the districts are so jerry-mandered, the hate and anger part of the party is winning, and driving the rest of the party to the right.

          I don't think they are bargaining.  I think they are playing the courts as long as they think they can win.  Once they lose that, I think it is going to get way uglier before it gets better.

          Completely willing to be wrong on this.  Again, thanks for this framing.  It will be interesting to watch and identify the actions to the stages, and see if they really move through them.  Or if they can move through the stages as a party.

          I think the stages are causing the disruption.  Different people are at different stages.  Some have gone to bargaining and acceptance - the ones stuck in anger are going to bring the house down on all of them.

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