Anyone who saw Karl Rove raging around the Foxhole in the moments after Fox News and all the others called the election for Obama -- and anyone watching him waving a tablet with numbers on it and squeaking madly yesterday; explaining why Obama beat the Great White Dope, might not suspect that this is all over now or that the nation has decided or will decide that the United States has now gone kind of blue.
might look to the past and not expect the far right will settle down
and go along with the tide of the future any more than they did after
the humiliation of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon. Ask Bill Clinton
about the revenge of the Republicans or their patience while waiting for
retaliation. Hell no, the fight is still on, and while Fox News
broadcasts and there are people who watch it; while Limbaugh roars and
while Coulter hisses and snarls like a syphilitic witch, it's still on.
While money talks, it's not over.
Hell no, you can be sure that for the coming years, Obama will have won only by "suppressing the vote," by
enlisting the help of the Black Panthers or the Neptunian Trotzkyite
Front -- or by any other means apparent only to the collectively
paranoid psychotic Tea Party base. Their number one priority will not
now cease to be the removal from office by any means possible, the
blocking of every initiative and the unrestrained and unfounded
vilification of Barack H. Obama. To them, they are still the majority and when they lose it can't be their own fault.
urges to make nice and play well with others, and Democratic
expectations of a sudden comity and cooperation may be dangerously
premature. We're not facing a chastened and contrite enemy, newly
motivated to re-examine its outmoded assumptions and tired tenets, we're
standing next to a wounded and very powerful beast, and what beast has a
conscience? The Republican machine is hardly moribund and is still as
red, still as rich and even more motivated to lie, cheat, steal and
filibuster than ever.
The GOP may be a party in grief and shock, it may be acting out the first two stages of that Kübler-Ross hypothesis:
anger and denial, but any expectation that we'll see an attempt to
bargain honestly, much less to get to any kind of acceptance in the near
or near-distant future -- or perhaps ever, is terribly premature, in my opinion.
Yes, we may have dodged a bullet this week and the next four years may
be a reprieve from the GOP success in their war against human rights,
liberty and Democracy and perhaps the war against real Capitalism, but
we have to temper our great expectations. 2014, 2016 are the numbers of
the beast and there never will be an end of their era.