Not Going Gently

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.

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4 Responses to Not Going Gently

  1. Otro Dave says:

    I like your analysis but I’m pretty sure it’s wrong, at least at the end. They had eight years for the acceptance phase to hit with Clinton and it never did. They tried to impeach him over a blowjob for chrissakes (and I actually think he should have been impeached for lying under oath, and he certainly never took any steps to prevent military prosecution of adultery, but it should never have gotten that far anyway). There will still be assholes and racists calling Obama a crypto-Muslim, just as there were still morons calling Clinton a Communist as he signed NAFTA and an anti-Military hippie as he did more with the Military than any president since Nixon.

  2. Lanf says:

    McCain-HA! McCain-HA! McCain-HA!

  3. Lanf says:

    Actually, joking aside, this stoking of racial anger and aggression frightens me. I worry that the Republicans in general and the McCain camp specifically would be thrilled to see someone gun down Obama. Oh sure, there will be the usual expressions of horror and dismay that such a thing could happen in this great country as usual. And they will be shocked, shocked! Of course, no one in the media will call them on the fact that they actively provoke that kind of rage in their nutball base.

  4. David Thiel says:

    For what it’s worth, I do think that the media HAS been calling them on that fact, which is perhaps one reason McCain started to back off on it this weekend. But yeah, they really, really need to consider the possible ramifications of having their campaign insinuate that their opponent is secretly a terrorist. Because if someone does take a shot at Obama after the events of last week, the violence won’t end there…

    I agree with Otro Dave (does this make me Otro Otro Dave?) that your argument falls apart when it reaches the “acceptance” stage. I imagine that the most immediate effect of an Obama victory on the Republican base will be a windfall for Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Hannity.