By now we’ve all seen the YouTube videos of the McCain-Palin supporters acting like rabid dogs, so there’s no need for me to post them yet again. Honestly, I don’t think the people in these videos represent a large portion of Americans, though I think they may be a significant one.
I do, think, however, that these people are a big part of the fabled Republican base, doing what they do best: being angry bullies, demanding the absolute destruction of those who dare to not agree with what they want.
There’s a more charitable way to interpret this rage, however, and it’s probably the correct way. It’s called “Stage Two”.
Stage One is “Denial”. We saw this a few weeks ago with “HOLY COW SARAH PALIN IS JUST SO PHENOMENAL WE’RE TOTALLY GONNA TURN THIS THING AROUND! LOOK OUT OBAMA AND BIDEN, SHE’S AN UNSTOPPABLE MAVERICK JUGGERNAUT OF POLITICAL POWER!!!”
Now we’re at Stage Two, “Anger”.
No doubt on November 5th we’ll see “Bargaining”. Unfortunately for the right wing, their version of bargaining is to offer to NOT hit you if you just give them what they want.
Then will come “Depression” and dear lord that one’s going to be hell. Considering these people bellyached and moaned when they controlled all the branches of the government, including the new ones they made up, there’s no telling how much bitching they’ll be up to at this point.
And finally, “Acceptance”. In which they see that Obama isn’t a secret Muslim who hates America, isn’t taking their precious guns away, and isn’t replacing churches with gay marriage stations. They’ll realize that an Obama presidency didn’t cause the sun to fail to shine, didn’t cause flowers to fail to bloom, and didn’t cause black people to fail to be scary. Life may not be optimal since they’re not ruled by the Sontaran and the Hockey Moose, but they can survive until 2012, when they can propose their next ignorant cheerleader to lead the country.
So if you must feel something for these people, feel pity. All that they’re doing is not going gently into that good night. They’re raging, raging, against the dying of the light.