Re: Five Stages of Bush defeat.
We are about to witness the rapid disillusionment of our republican friends. I urge each A2K liberal to be understanding as this will undoubtably be a difficult time for many of our conservative members.
Over the next several weeks, our conservative friends will be experience the loss of a well-constructed fantasy world. They have been so sure they are on the right side of a world with stark definition of right and wrong.
As their leader, who they have ascribed a divine mantel of righteous might is not only defeated, but shown to be a rather impotent buffoon, they will lose this fantasy and its security.
This loss of indentity is a real loss that will lead to legitimate feelings of grief.
As you see the republican members of our community exhibit these behaviors, please be understanding. The biting anger, vitriolic attacks and unbelievable claims are really just natural psychological human responses to a inevitable tragedy.
I offer the work of Dr. Kubler-Ross who developed the "five stages" of grief.
Denial, shock, and disbelief. Feeling of numbness. The inability to accept what has happened and insistence that no change has taken place.
Anger that the situation could occur, possibly directed to others.
Beginning to accept the reality of the situation, but trying to 'bargain' for a bit more time , whether through expressions of religious belief or increased compliance with conservative punditry.
Depression, characterized be feelings of hopelessness and despair about what has already been lost and what else will be lost.
Acceptance of the loss, and quiet discussions of defeat with closest friends and relatives. An emotional reprieve from negative emotions. Feelings of peaceful resignation about one's own fate. Lack of interest in, and withdrawal from, the everyday affairs of life, such as political affairs, social events, news stories, and so on.
Several A2K members are clearly in stage one.
We have seen recent posts about how Bush "looked good" in the debate, and how he won "on substance". Many are also talking about the war going well.
We are starting to see signs of step two -- anger.
I expect to see very religious posts in a few weeks (stage 3) followed by expressions of negative feelings of hopelessness (stage 4).
Let's be understanding.
Very nice post, ebrown.
It looks like the same stages the Dems went through in 2000.
Interesting poll by USA Today. They ask "Who did a better job in the debate?"; 53% say Kerry, 37% say Bush.
Cheer, my leftist friends, cheer!
But now look at this:
The important part
"Who was more believable?" Kerry 45%, Bush 50%
And the really, really important part
"Who is better to handle the situation in Iraq?"
Kerry 43%, Bush 54%!!!!!!!! Link
At least all the Dems are used to losing, what with both houses of congress, state governers, and of course the presidency.
But this year, we need to add a Stage Six for all the libs here at AK2: