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Good Grief!

© Nick Anderson

After blaming just about everyone in America for our woes (gays, immigrants, women, Democrats, non-whites, …), I guess it would be too much to expect the GOP to do anything other than blame everyone else for their election loss.



  1. Tim Barr wrote:

    Anyone who wants to understand why Republicans react this way should read the new book by Chris Mooney….The Republican Brain. His message is both enlightening and discouraging. Discouraging because it appears that it may be futile to expect the loss to produce any real change. It is quite likely that the Repugs will just double down on their intransigence. The good news is that will lead to their self-destruction and give the country a chance to recover once they’re gone. Of course we will still have to rectify the problems outlined in Winner Take All Politics and Death of the Liberal Class, bot to mention Citizens United, the Koch brothers and Carl Rove, etc etc etc (and that’s only if an accelerating frequency of disasters caused by global warming and climate change don’t distract us).

    Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:57 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    Why is the Karl Rove meltdown not mentioned in stages of grief?

    Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink
  3. il-08 wrote:

    We’ve been watching the ‘republican meltdown’ for the better part of 20 years now and all that really happened was they lost the presidential election by 1.5% and a couple of house and senate seats. I remember all the talk in 2008 about the death of the republican party and all they did was go out and win a 40 seat majority in the house in 2010. They’ve gerrymandered the districts in such a way to guarantee they hold the house for another 10 and they could run Clint Eastwood and come within a percent or two of any democratic candidate.

    When an organization’s sole purpose is to win elections, they usually get pretty good at it. If they would only put half that effort into governing, we might have greatness back.

    Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  4. David Freeman wrote:

    Last I checked, Obama won by closer to 3% and increasing as votes continue to be counted. Yes, even 3% is disturbingly close but imagine the blowout if they hadn’t had the citizen’s united funds!

    Funny how republicans dismissed Obama as blaming Bush for everything. As always, the Republicans project their own base instincts onto everyone else.

    Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink
  5. Tim Barr wrote:

    To respond to all.

    EBDOUG Doesn’t the second panel look like Rove when he started yelling to someone off camera during the meltdown?

    IL-08 Sorry to say, but I haven’t seen any “republican meltdown” over the last 20 years—wish I had. And I didn’t mean to imply that their self-destruction would occur any time soon. We may get lucky but it’s more likely that the fight may go on into the 2020’s (if the country is still here). And conservatives don’t govern, they have more often worked to destroy government over the past 30 years. Another great book—The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule—speaks to that. You’ll like it.

    DAVID You must read The Conservative Brain. Although I like the sound of “base instincts”, it’s a little more complicated (and scary) than that. The book is one of the best things I have read in years. It makes light bulbs appear over your head and “Eureka” come to your lips.

    Friday, November 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  6. Tim Barr wrote:

    A PS to DAVID. I was incensed at the Citizen’s United decision at first but came to think that it would be a sword that cut both ways, as it appears to have done to Obama’s benefit and Romneys surprise. Obama raised much more of his money from small donors, got cheaper ad rates, and was able to control his message closely. Romney raised his money from big donors, had to pay much more for ads, and wasn’t able to control the massive wave of repulsive negativity that the Repug’s SuperPAC’s put out—courtesy of Carl Rove and the Kochs. Crossroads really should have been called “Carl over the Cliff”. In the swing/battleground state of VA, we were buried in these ads, and many of my conservative neighbors tell me they voted for Obama because they were disgusted by the drumbeat of lies that the Republicans put out as “truth” (and I wore the letters off the “mute” button on my remote).

    Friday, November 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
  7. George Shaw wrote:

    I wish people would start using correct terms. There are almost no Conservatives in the present Republican Party, but there are a great number of Radical Reactionaries in the GOP. Conservatives, by definition, try to keep the status quo, on the other hand, reactionaries want to go back to some earlier period (usually one that only exists in their imagination). Radical Reactionaries want to change the foundation of society and replace it with a foundation out of the past — high inequity of wealth and income, i.e. the era of the Robber Barons.

    Friday, November 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink
  8. ebdoug wrote:

    George Shaw: Yes, they never have to read bills presents by the Democrats, because they know how they are going to vote. Or lets have peasants and squires. The squires in England felt the poor multiplied like rabbit so they shouldn’t be fed when hungry.

    Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:40 am | Permalink
  9. ebdoug wrote:

    And you are right: They hold none of the conservative values as Romney pointed out. They hold the “He (because woman don’t count) who dies with the most toys wins” value. All white, fat, balding males except Bachmann who decries description.

    Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:44 am | Permalink
  10. Jon Schuller wrote:

    For many years I have called it The Republican Attitude, first embodied (for me) in Richard Nixon and John Mitchell:telling the American people, trust us we know best what’s good for you. Now it’s become so much worse, with Tea Partiers and other assorted radical right-wingers; where doing, saying and implying the worst available methods is OK, even if someone calls you out – like GM and Chrysler publicly denouncing Romney’s Jeep claims. If 2012 can’t wake them & shake them, then maybe by 2016 they’ll be gone for good.

    Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink
  11. Mike wrote:

    Tim Barr wrote “In the swing/battleground state of VA, we were buried in these ads, and many of my conservative neighbors tell me they voted for Obama because they were disgusted by the drumbeat of lies that the Republicans put out as “truth” (and I wore the letters off the “mute” button on my remote).”

    When the Citizens United decision was released, it occurred to me that, if you could be certain enough of anonymity, the opportunity existed to run truly toxic ads against your own preferred candidate, thus raising outrage against the side presumptively sponsoring the ad. My guess is we’ll see such behavior in the next election cycle.

    Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  12. Dan wrote:

    With all the post election BS: finger pointing, talk of secession, denial, etc. It seems to me that the right are proclaiming themselves victims and refusing to take accountability for themselves. Ironic, they are now what they resent. As for secession, OK, let them withdraw their congress-critters, maybe something will get done. They should remember that leaving the Union also means that those military bases and contracts that bring billions into their state will also be gone.

    Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink