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One of the favorite topics for left-leaning reporters is the deep and crippling rift splitting apart the Republican Party.
I mean, it must be one of their favorites, because they trot it out all the time. Go ahead: Google deep rifts in the Republican party or split in the Republican party for a sample. The left seems awfully concerned about the Republican party’s unity.
Of course, it’s all fantasy and wish-fufillment. They spin themselves into a cozy cocoon with visions of rifts and splits and civil wars on the right, none of which have ever erupted.
There’s a bounty of disharmony on the left, but a few pieces stick out, as former brothers-in-arm are now in opposing camps: David Corn and John Judis, for example, fret that Obama has blown, at least for now, a unique opportunity; on the other hand, E.J. Dionne and Jonathan Alter, represent the faction who simply can’t believe Americans are so dumb that they can’t comprehend the astonishing progress Obama has made in his first term, even if it hasn’t been communicated in the most efficacious manner.
It’s all part of the Kubler-Ross model, the Five Stages of Grief. Now they’re turning to Stage Two: Anger. Angry at the voters, at Fox News, at Obama himself.
Next up: Bargaining. I’m not sure when that’s going to start — probably a few weeks after Labor Day. But as always, what we’re all waiting for is Stage Four: Depression.
Stage Five is Acceptance, but I’m not holding my breath for that one.
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