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As was pointed out by Mark Sumner, The Washington Post op-ed page is one of the funniest things around this morning, because a good chunk of it is dedicated to the various "reasons" why (GASP!) the Republicans didn't beat the Scary Black Muslim Sleeper Agent.

But Dana Milbank actually gets down to the facts of the matter -- not only about the loss, but about the thought process Republicans went through as they watched Mittens auger in, which went against all the polls they either dismissed or enabled. More below the Socialist tangerine beignet.

First, for those of you not familiar with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, here's the best synopsis of the theory Milbank uses to describe the GOPhers' thought process:

OT: Occasionally, I revisit my list of Top 10 Movies of All Time, and All That Jazz is one of the few films that's never been replaced. Yes, it's a shameless rip-off of the film below, but DAMN, it's a lot of fun:

Anyway, here's Milbank's version of Kubler-Ross, as seen through the eyes of various GOPher "notables":

Denial. “I think this is premature,” Karl Rove protested on Fox News election night, after the cable network, along with other news outlets, correctly projected that President Obama had won Ohio — and therefore the presidency. “We’ve got to be careful about calling things.”

Bargaining. “We’re willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions,” House Speaker John Boehner offered Wednesday, shifting his budget negotiating posture before reconsidering the next day, but “the president must be willing to reduce spending and shore up entitlement programs.”

Depression. “If Mitt Romney cannot win in this economy, then the tipping point has been reached,” Ann Coulter said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show. “It’s over. There is no hope.”

Anger. “We should have a revolution in this country,” tweeted flamboyant mogul Donald Trump, who had served as a prominent surrogate for Romney. “This election is a total sham and a travesty.”

Acceptance. Uh, well, there hasn’t been much of that yet.

Milbank also nails every single "reason" for the loss that I've heard since Wednesday at 1am, but also sums up the reality Republicans simply need to face -- even if it means acknowledging the world outside their big plastic bubble:
After Republicans work through the blame, they can get down to the real reason for the loss, and it has nothing to do with Romney, his staff or the weather. Once Republicans can accept this — that their alienation of Latinos and women is shrinking the party into a coalition of white men concentrated in the South — they can begin to do something about it.
True that. Unfortunately I'm thinking that won't happen, despite various pundits and politicians doing a furious backpedal on policy positions that were previously "inflexible". For far too long, the idea of giving President Obama any kind of "win" -- even if that win might actually make things better for the country as a whole -- has been anathema to these people. If an idea makes sense (even if it's an idea previously floated -- and implemented successfully -- by their own candidate for President), it just "doesn't make sense" to support it, because it's supported by that guy who's... Well, you know... one of those people who wear Hoodies!

In short (and continuing the film-intensive direction of this diary), we're going to be hearing a lot of wailing and gnashing about how Obama is doing this to the economy:

But that's the short-term, and I think we all agree that there will be some kind of agreement that will save a few faces. Let's just hope that we're not looking at a "Grand Bargain" that makes the GOPhers feel like winners and makes us feel like we're singing the last lyric of this song:

Discuss. :)

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Comment Preferences

  •  We'll know soon enough (2+ / 0-)

    I'm really really suspicious, just as you are.  But thanks for another reason -- the 8 1/2 trailer.  I should write something about Fellini, seeing as I've seen that film at least 11 times.


    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:52:42 AM PST

  •  You know as an AA woman I'm (8+ / 0-)

    starting to get a little something that the republican party so far does not think my vote is worth fighting for.  SMH. In the famous words of Sojourner Truth "Ain't I a Woman?".

  •  Excellent post, Oliver. I am just watching State (11+ / 0-)

    of the Nation where a panel of Republicans are discussing what they might learn from this election.  

    Gary Bauer held a hard line, resisting any change to the core value, especially with regard to pro-life, or more openness to immigration.

    But, the other more moderate guest were already champing at the bit to move forward.  

    Jon Huntsman said something close to 'if we are talking about he Party we are losing, we need to talk about Growth and Prosperity, like Ronald Reagan did (a rush to the future?)

    Carlos Guitierrez (sp?) who may be a GOP Latino Representative, spoke of the need to overcome the self-destructive "anti-immigrant" orientation and "English as the official language of government" focus" and support the Dream Act for those who serve in the military and gained advanced degrees, saying also we need not just more capital and technology  to move into modernize our economy but also talented people.  This seemed to ruffle Gary Bauer's feathers.

    Bauer's kept saying the country does not need two liberal parties, or two pro-abortion parties.  He's heard the rumbling and wants to make sure that any changes are only to packaging and not the substance of their hard core socially conservative agenda.

    Elsewhere, on RedState a few days ago, I read some readers suggest that the legalization of marijuana movement is a great opportunity to introduce the younger generation to the concepts of Federalism and libertarianism to solve the demographic problem of the older values contingent dying out.

    Erick Erickson comforted conservative anguish by suggesting our side have successfully put together a pro-Obama coalition, but not a pro-Democratic Party coalation, implying I think that if they can coopt the Latino surge with a comprehensive  immigration reform early in term, large components of the Latino community will "return" to their natural values in the Republican Party.

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    We Democrats have lessons to learn from this election as well.  

    And, similarly with women if they discipline the knuckledraggers who use "clumsy language" about "women's issues."  And, also with race. My impression is he thinks that with some cleverness on their part, they can dissolve the "pro-Obama" coalition after Obama's term more easily than we can convert it to a "pro-Democratic coalition.    

    I think we should "head them off at the pass" and President Obama ought to move marijuana to a Schedule 3 list and tell the DEA to chill until we can get a nation de-criminalization, or regulated control and study the successful social service and mental health approach to dealing with drug problems that has been successful pursued by Portugal.

    Then do a lot of work to build this "pro-Democratic Party" coalition around key principles.  Including a skillfully managed and early comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

    And, keep the vigorous, pro-active campaign style momentum going into the governance phase of this second term, unlike what we did in the first where we lost our momentum.

    We need to actively sell our policies, moving quickly, to accomplish many quick results, even going back and rescuing the public ACA with vigorous successful implementation.

    Over a dozen GOP Governors are swearing not to implement the expansion of the critical Medicaid component by refusing Federal funds in their states -- which should be an excellent issue to clobber them on, as they will be denying health care for their poorest citizens.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:11:18 AM PST

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