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Is it me or did something profound happen after this election? Obama won the election by a comfortable margin, even after all those hundreds of millions were wasted and FOX and the right wingers basically went bust in the process. As a result, I'm ok with letting events take their course, knowing that whatever happens will all be ok. I trust Obama, and after seeing him trounce the GOP I feel that much more confident in him.

I used to think Obama wasn't much of a politician. I still don't. I now think he understands how politicians work and he manages to stay one step ahead. Sure Romney was a bad candidate and a real jack-off, but Obama had an army waging total war against him for years and he still won. If that's not leadership and smarts then I don't know what is.

Furthermore, as a result of that leadership the GOP is now in total disarray. If we were to look at their loss in terms of the seven stages of grief, by my observation they are currently at Stage 4: Depression, Reflection and Loneliness.

"Just when your friends may think you should be getting on with your life, a long period of sad reflection will likely overtake you. During this time, you finally realize the true magnitude of your loss, and it depresses you. You may sense feelings of emptiness or despair."

A month after the election, Republicans still cannot believe they lost and the shockwaves are still being felt. New York magazine is reporting that Roger Ailes "has issued a new directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now." Ann Coulter is even facing her own version of reality saying that taxes for the rich should go up. After all, "We [Republicans] lost the election." She said this on FOX and in front of Sean Hannity! Even Tea Bagger Senator Jim Demint is getting out while the getting is good.

Is this the end of the GOP? Hardly. They are stil as crazy as ever on the state level and bloviating about things they clearly do not understand. Nationally, however, the GOP is deflated. The blame is still going around and there is a lot of it.

Next year and the ones that follow may be another story. Maybe Obama will screw up. Maybe Hillary will choose not to run in 2016. Maybe Joe Biden becomes the nominee. Maybe Chris Christie loses 400 pounds. Maybe Marco Rubio will grow a few inches taller (we don't elect short presidents). Regardless, for the moment the GOP has been castrated. It is as if, at least for now, they have become parodies of themselves. They have become synonymous with lies, paranoia and with the circus over at FOX.

I'm not saying the GOP has jumped the shark. That's impossible. To do that you first have to be somewhat palatable. The GOP is simply adrift at sea with a blown motor right now. They'll re-group, but not before completing the last three stages of grief: The Upward Turn, Reconstruction and Working Through, and of course Acceptance and Hope.

They currently seem to be going through the stages rather quickly, but until they paddle to land we can watch in delight as they struggle through it. The good news is they only have their bare hands to use for paddles and they are sure to eat their own on the journey back. Let's just hope the wind picks up and blows them off course for a long, long time.

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  •  Eh, I don't buy that, and for a reason (0+ / 0-)

    Here's my counterargument. After the Dems blew the Repubs out in '08, the question was how would the Republicans tack to the left? They didn't. Instead, they tacked hardcore to the right, and won in 2010 thanks to the astro-turf movement and dem voters who didn't turn out. To say that the Republicans regret their choices doesn't make sense. Instead, they are confident that Conservatism cannot fail, it can only be failed. Until the crazy is either pushed out or burned out, they cannot begin paddling back to shore. And that's bad, because the media does not call out their insanity, and instead treats it as normal. In a two-party system, this is bad on every level.

    •  They won at the local level in 2010... (2+ / 0-)
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      but as I recall, their bid for the Senate fell short because of that hard tack to the right.

      Remember Sharon Annnnggggllleeeee? Christine O'Donnell? Ken Buck? They were all Tea-bagger choices, and they all squandered 'gimme' Senate seat pick-ups.

      Ditto 2012: Mourdock, Akin, Baldwin, Heitkamp.

      Politics is a LOT different at the local, House district, level. It is much easier for some noisy pack of Tea-baggers to make a difference in an election that covers only a small part of a state.

      That's how we got Walsh and West and a bunch of other really, really poor Congress-Critters, many of whom are gone now.

      That level of passion is much harder to replicate at the state level.

      I believe that by 2014, the Tea-baggers (I refuse to honor them with a title like 'tea party', which does not exist) will have truly outlived their usefulness, especially now that Jim DeMint has decided to become their full-time 'leader' (as if a mob has anything like a leader).

      And seriously, except for the situation in the House, the tea-bagger 'movement' (think bowel, if you wish) has been a great thing for the liberal/progressive movement.

      Now that the schism in the Republican party is being escalated - we now have Jim DeMint squaring off against Karl Rove - I believe there will be ample opportunity to exploit this weakness.

      Finally, there are more than a few 'moderate' Republicans in the House (and Senate) who must be pretty unhappy at the hard tack to the right - they know their party is behaving in a way that is dangerous to the country and its future, but haven't been able to speak up for fear of losing their jobs.

      Hell, when ORRIN HATCH gets primaried from the right, you know something is out of whack!


      Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

      by databob on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:40:50 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for this insight (0+ / 0-)

        It sometimes feels like there's just this one gigantic monolith that they all fall under. I forgot that although it may work at the local level, at the state level it balances out more. Still, it's a pity that the House could be so thoroughly poisoned, huh?

      •  Heitkamp did not beat a crazy teabagger. (0+ / 0-)

        She won because she campaigned door-to-door, person-to-person.  And because if you ever meet her in person, you will find her to be one of those rare, upbeat, optimistic, likeable, gosh-darn nice people that you just can't say no to.

        The electoral college was my safety school.

        by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:07:56 AM PST

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        •  Rick Berg is plenty right-wing-nut for me... (0+ / 0-)

          From his Wikipedia page:

          Berg voted for the Paul Ryan budget, which would restructure Medicare and Medicaid.[30]

          Berg strongly supports a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.[31]

          He voted in favor of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act and has received "A" and "A+" ratings from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund for his stance on gun rights.[32][33]


          Berg is pro-life and has voted to prohibit federal funds from being used for health care plans that cover abortions.[38] He is a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.[39]

          Berg is against same-sex marriage.[40]

          In 2007 Berg voted on ND House Bill 1489, which proposed making abortion a class AA felony, even in the case of rape and incest. [41]

          I think there's enough 'tea-baggy' stuff in there for him to qualify, at least marginally.

          None of this, however, is intended to take anything away from Heitkamp, who, by all accounts is a great person and will make a fantastic senator.


          Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

          by databob on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:24:25 AM PST

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  •  I think many are still stuck in denial. I don't (1+ / 0-)
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    think they've moved beyond that to anything that will lead them out of the wilderness, and I'm ok with that.

  •  Cheney/Bush screwed the Republican brand (1+ / 0-)
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    After the 2008 election, the Republicans knew they were screwed as a brand name.  Giddy liberals were talking of a destroyed party.  Some even proposed the mascot should be changed to a dinosaur, to symbolize their extinction.  

    However, the Republican Party of today is more of an advertising campaign than a political party.  Knowing they were probably doomed as Republicans, they rebranded as Teabaggers, and it was wildly successful in 2010.  We can be sure that Frank Luntz is working on a new advertising campaign to be rolled out for 2014.  We may not know what it is, but we know it will be backed by huge dollars and will be targeted at low information voters.  

    The Republican Party is not dead.  They were not dead after 2008, no matter how many hoped it were so.  They will not be dead until we can drive a stake through the heart, cut off the head, and strew its ashes over hallowed ground.

    The electoral college was my safety school.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:03:00 AM PST

  •  Something profound did happen. (2+ / 0-)
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    And really it's beyond what anyone intends.

    At deep structural levels, the socio-political dynamics of the nation are shifting. Largely on subconscious levels.

    Democrats are along for the ride, being carried places they would never previously have gone.

    And the GOP is screwed.

    Interesting times.

    "I'm a dweller on the threshold ..."

    by thresholder on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:29:32 AM PST

  •  Most people don't vote ideology, they vote (0+ / 0-)

    their pocketbooks. Looking at only the current state of the economy, it is amazing that Obama won. Of course, the current state of the economy is not very good because four years ago the state of the economy was terrible.

    The right managed to forget that eight years of Bush/Cheney drove the country to the brink of another Great Depression. Luckily most of the voters hadn't. When you have just gotten out of the ICU after being on life-support for a couple of weeks you aren't going to feel very good. But most of us wouldn't complain about our doctor.

    •  You must be kidding! (1+ / 0-)
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      For over 30 years, Americans have been voting AGAINST their pocketbook interests because of ideology.


      "I'm a dweller on the threshold ..."

      by thresholder on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:37:35 AM PST

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      •  Yes, many Americans have been voting... (0+ / 0-)

        against their best economic  interest. "What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America" looks at this phenomena in detail.  

        I thought it was very interesting that in Staten Island, NY Rommey got 48% of vote although he make it very clear that he wouldn't support FEMA. Yet after Hurricane Sandy, Rommey's supporters asked President Obama for help. Go figure.  

      •  That is not what I meant. (0+ / 0-)

        When the economy is doing well, they vote for the incumbent. When it is doing poorly, they vote against the incumbent.

  •  I'll throw 'em an anchor (0+ / 0-)
    They currently seem to be going through the stages rather quickly, but until they paddle to land we can watch in delight as they struggle through it. The good news is they only have their bare hands to use a paddles and they are sure to eat their own on the journey back. Let's just hope the wind picks up and keeps them off course for a long, long time.
    Yeah, I'm bad.  But seriously, at this point the Dems are so diverse I can convince myself we actually don't even need a Rep Party, at least not the insane one that currently exists.  Let them come to terms with reality and then they can join the conversation.

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