The Five Stages of Grief: The Left Wing Now Gets Angry


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.

Meanwhile, as the always witty and insightful Russ Smith points out on Splice Today, it’s the left that’s falling apart:

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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    Bargaining will probably take the form of Dems saying things like, “Well, I never supported Obama/Pelosi/Reid’s policies anyway, I’m an independent Democrat you see, so I’m still ok….” I’ve already caught wind of a couple such ads… abandon ship!

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    I like Will Rogers’ old quote from the 1930’s: “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.”

    Democrats have a rich history of collapse, disgrace, and crushed dreams – fortunately. Their radical and risky social experiments jeopardize us in so many ways that it takes a sober and conservative administration to put the wheels back on and get us out of the ditch.

    Consider the state of the economy under Wilson in 1920; the discontent with Truman in ’52; Johnson’s abdication in ’68, Carter’s crash in ’80, etc.

    The Republicans haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory either, by often abandoning conservative principles and becoming ‘progressive’, as Bush the elder and younger did.

    Democrats always promise Utopia, a Brave New World of peace, love, prosperity, and international harmony which they never can deliver on. It’s based on false premises and historical failures. There’s a reality disconnect and failure of magical thinking that always appears in the Democrat Regimes.

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    You have to check out this slideshow at HuffingtonPost that purports to show “the most ridiculous messages sported by attendees at Beck’s rally Saturday.”

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    The lesson Clinton taught us is, if you have to suffer through a Democrat Administration, better to have a President that’s emotionally needy, and can’t bear being unpopular. At least they’ll move a bit towards the center, if they need to. Obama doesn’t care what the public thinks, and that’s why he continues walking towards towards the cliff. If the Left is angry about their fate, or ready to bargain, Obama is where they should direct it.

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    Kenneth: Anger is all the Left has. It’s all they’ve ever had.

    When I hear “Bush Derangement Syndrome” or “Palin Derangement Syndrome”, I think, no, it’s just plain universal derangement, regardless of the target.

    Sort of like Brando in The Wild One:

    “Whaddya angry about?”

    “Whaddya got?” · Aug 30 at 10:11pm

    I can’t take this thread’s title seriously either.

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    The odd thing about the anger is that it makes the whole thing worse. When cosseted, millionaire journalists bellow at the great unwashed population for being stupid and racist and selfish, it almost doesn’t matter what they’re yelling about. The message is clear: we’re the overlords; you’re the serfs; behave yourselves.

    Serfs, of course, are supposed to get yelled at. Citizens aren’t. Citizens resent it, and then vote accordingly.

    So it’s a kind of a death spiral: the angrier and more insulting they get, the more determined the voters are to teach them a lesson. Which actually works out well.

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    Mollie, I saw that slideshow and thought to myself “When are we going to get to the ridiculous messages?” Now conservatives will never have anything on the left when it comes to ridiculous and over-the-top protest messages, but I have seen more offensive displays at Little League games.

    But what is a liberal to do when mired in Stage Two? I guess if they can’t find any racist messages amongst the “predominantly white” crowd, the next best thing is to get spun up over repeated uses of American flag imagery and the word ‘honor’…

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    Anger is all the Left has. It’s all they’ve ever had.

    When I hear “Bush Derangement Syndrome” or “Palin Derangement Syndrome”, I think, no, it’s just plain universal derangement, regardless of the target.

    Sort of like Brando in The Wild One:

    “Whaddya angry about?”

    “Whaddya got?”

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    I do think all of this coverage is reflective more of the Left’s increasing terror but I’m left wondering…what exactly *would* happen if the GOP nomination went to someone a lot of the intellectuals disapprove of? Like Palin? Or someone seen as more socially moderate and perhaps unappealing to the far right, like Daniels or possibly even Paul Ryan? I’m voting for whoever it is, but will everyone else in the party? Or will we be vulnerable to a third-party candidacy like in 1992? I think we have fewer reasons to be worried than the Democrats but I think a schism within the conservative movement is certainly possible and very troubling.

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    Yes, a schism and perhaps a lot worse is certainly possible. The old adage, “Be careful what you wish for; you may just get it”, comes to mind. I hope the Republicans have a plan, because I don’t see a way out of our dilemma, enigma, or conundrum that isn’t very messy and difficult.

    Americans might begin to think the sure cure is worse than the disease. Not true of course, but that won’t stop nattering nabobs of negativism. Oooo, the losers will be mad!

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