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  •  another point I'd like to make (3+ / 0-)
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    Aureas2, Mnemosyne, lirtydies

    is that the schadenfreude that I'm experiencing isn't particularly directed at individual Republican voters.  It is more directed at the assholes in the media, like Karl Rove and every other person on Faux News that misled their viewers.  The poll "unskewers" and those that tried to sell the snake oil of Mitt-mentum.  It was as self-serving as it was divorced from reality, they wanted their voters to turn out and as Markos has so clearly exemplified, nobody wants to turn out for a loser.

    So they lied and painted the picture of their guy being ahead, hoping to turn their lies into a self-fulfilling prophecy.  It failed and I genuinely hope it continues to backfire on them.

    What I hope comes out of this is that the scales fall from the eyes of at least some of the faithful when they realize the extent to which they were lied to and misled by their trusted sources of information.  I want Republicans to join us in the reality-based community and that's just not possible as long as they continue to get their information from propaganda outlets like Faux News.

    Of course, I do have some schadenfreude for the hateful bigots that would have reveled in rubbing in their victory if Rmoney had won.  They make up a big chunk of the Republican electorate and I have little sympathy for anyone that champions hate.  I hope that they're feeling every bit of the cognitive dissonance that results from the bursting of the hate-filled bubbles they live in and that right-wing propagandists enable.

    That's not to say that they should have the loss rubbed in their faces (as they surely would have done to us) and to be clear, "schadenfreude" does not equal "rubbing it in."  But they do deserve every bit of the pain to which their cognitive dissonance has led and hopefully that pain will be productive in forcing them to reevaluate their world views.

    Where people like billmon have sympathy and empathy for those on the right that are devastated by their loss because of the way he felt after the 2004 election, my hope is that this devastation will impact those on the right in the same way and hopefully temper their reactions when they inevitably have victories in the future, however dwindling they will become.

    Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

    by democracy inaction on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:26:02 AM PST

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