This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

As was pointed out by Mark Sumner, The Washington Post op-ed page is one of the funniest things around this morning, because a good chunk of it is dedicated to the various "reasons" why (GASP!) the Republicans didn't beat the Scary Black Muslim Sleeper Agent.

But Dana Milbank actually gets down to the facts of the matter -- not only about the loss, but about the thought process Republicans went through as they watched Mittens auger in, which went against all the polls they either dismissed or enabled. More below the Socialist tangerine beignet.


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

First, for those of you not familiar with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, here's the best synopsis of the theory Milbank uses to describe the GOPhers' thought process:

OT: Occasionally, I revisit my list of Top 10 Movies of All Time, and All That Jazz is one of the few films that's never been replaced. Yes, it's a shameless rip-off of the film below, but DAMN, it's a lot of fun:

Anyway, here's Milbank's version of Kubler-Ross, as seen through the eyes of various GOPher "notables":

Denial. “I think this is premature,” Karl Rove protested on Fox News election night, after the cable network, along with other news outlets, correctly projected that President Obama had won Ohio — and therefore the presidency. “We’ve got to be careful about calling things.”

Bargaining. “We’re willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions,” House Speaker John Boehner offered Wednesday, shifting his budget negotiating posture before reconsidering the next day, but “the president must be willing to reduce spending and shore up entitlement programs.”

Depression. “If Mitt Romney cannot win in this economy, then the tipping point has been reached,” Ann Coulter said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show. “It’s over. There is no hope.”

Anger. “We should have a revolution in this country,” tweeted flamboyant mogul Donald Trump, who had served as a prominent surrogate for Romney. “This election is a total sham and a travesty.”

Acceptance. Uh, well, there hasn’t been much of that yet.

Milbank also nails every single "reason" for the loss that I've heard since Wednesday at 1am, but also sums up the reality Republicans simply need to face -- even if it means acknowledging the world outside their big plastic bubble:
After Republicans work through the blame, they can get down to the real reason for the loss, and it has nothing to do with Romney, his staff or the weather. Once Republicans can accept this — that their alienation of Latinos and women is shrinking the party into a coalition of white men concentrated in the South — they can begin to do something about it.
True that. Unfortunately I'm thinking that won't happen, despite various pundits and politicians doing a furious backpedal on policy positions that were previously "inflexible". For far too long, the idea of giving President Obama any kind of "win" -- even if that win might actually make things better for the country as a whole -- has been anathema to these people. If an idea makes sense (even if it's an idea previously floated -- and implemented successfully -- by their own candidate for President), it just "doesn't make sense" to support it, because it's supported by that guy who's... Well, you know... one of those people who wear Hoodies!

In short (and continuing the film-intensive direction of this diary), we're going to be hearing a lot of wailing and gnashing about how Obama is doing this to the economy:

But that's the short-term, and I think we all agree that there will be some kind of agreement that will save a few faces. Let's just hope that we're not looking at a "Grand Bargain" that makes the GOPhers feel like winners and makes us feel like we're singing the last lyric of this song:

Discuss. :)

Extended (Optional)

Your Email has been sent.