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Loser blues? Not me! I'm in denial
NY Daily News ^ | November 10, 2004 | Lenore Skenazy

Posted on 11/11/2004 6:51:51 AM PST by presidio9

A couple of days after the election, my husband and I were walking down the street when I saw a sign that made my jaw drop: "REPUBLICAN PARKING." "My God, they work fast," I thought. "They've already taken over the parking lots!" Then I did a double take. The sign actually read: "PUBLIC PARKING."

Oh. As Emily Littella used to say, "Never mind." But I do think my subconscious got it right: It's a Republican country now. The rest of us just sulk in it.

Or, at least, that's what most progressives are doing. But me, I have yet to be filled with unutterable, nonstop-chocolate-eating despair. (I'm eating chocolate nonstop simply because it's leftover from Halloween, thank you very much.) My husband, for instance, is far more depressed. My friends are doing the whole moving-to-Canada thing. The counterman at the deli just greeted me with a woebegone, "Four more years, and that'll be $3.75," even though for all he knows, I'm a prayer breakfast/WWJD/anti-gay-marriage zealot with a picture of Karl Rove wood-burned onto my shotgun. No, the deli guy is just a sad New Yorker who figures I'm sad, too.

But I'm not. I'm pleasantly numb, and I can tell you exactly why: rationalizations.

They're all over the place. They're zooming around like paper airplanes at fourth-grade recess. You can't help but get hit. Everybody has one - or 17 - and, frankly, they all sound really good.

The "17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists" E-mail by Michael Moore, for instance, is making the rounds faster than a Paris Hilton retrospective. Moore's list is filled with uplifting observations like, "More people voted for Kerry than Reagan." And, "In spite of Bush's win, the majority of Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction (56%)."

Um. Well, I'm not sure that's so uplifting, but it does indicate liberals are hardly alone in their assessment of Bush.

The conversations I'm having are heartening, too, most of which go something like, "People may not want gay marriage, but almost 60% are okay with civil unions, and that's great progress!" "Inside every red state is a partly blue state you just can't see." "Hillary/Obama in '08!"

These things buoy me.

So do all the Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers still around, and people wearing buttons that show a big "W" with a slash through it. East Village stores are still selling T-shirts that refer to Bush in any number of unprintable ways.

In short, I'm still cheery the way kids are still cheery for weeks after Christmas, because the decorations have yet to come down. As long as there's a plastic reindeer on the fire escape, there's hope.

Maybe the word for this blissful state is denial. And maybe, for the next four years, denial is the perfect place to be.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: demlosers; dramaqueens; fourmoreyears; gloat; waaaaaaaa

1 posted on 11/11/2004 6:51:51 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9


Loser Speaks Blues

The Botox didn't help enough.
George Bush was made of stronger stuff.
I never really took the lead.
George Bush is who the people need.
Windsurfing didn't help a bit.
George Bush has always been a hit.
I flipped and flopped to no avail.
George Bush should throw my butt in jail.
I leave you now to fade away.
George Bush has clearly won today.

John Kerry 11/3/2004 as told by Conspiracy Guy

2 posted on 11/11/2004 6:52:56 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (If you have anything, thank our Vets.)
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To: presidio9
progressives

COMMUNIST NEWSPEAK for OUR ALLIES......

3 posted on 11/11/2004 6:57:53 AM PST by Red Badger (Give someone enough EU-ROPE and they will hang themselves......out of pure frustration......)
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To: presidio9

4 posted on 11/11/2004 6:58:02 AM PST by Quilla
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To: Conspiracy Guy
A couple of days after the election, my husband and I were walking down the street when I saw a sign that made my jaw drop: "REPUBLICAN PARKING." "My God, they work fast," I thought. "They've already taken over the parking lots!" Then I did a double take. The sign actually read: "PUBLIC PARKING."

Oh. As Emily Littella used to say, "Never mind." But I do think my subconscious got it right: It's a Republican country now. The rest of us just sulk in it.


Nah that was not your sub conscience, that was your meds wearing off loser.
5 posted on 11/11/2004 6:58:08 AM PST by snarkytart
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To: Conspiracy Guy

The Dems are at deep wallow, trying to grok if their true and ultimate destiny is to become an eternally screaming thirteen year old hysterical valley girl, about to slit her wrists, or the political arm of NAMBLA.


6 posted on 11/11/2004 6:59:47 AM PST by per loin (This tagline has not been censored!)
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To: presidio9
As long as we are maing DUmmies feel like this, then I'm happy: HEAVYHEART (113 posts) Thu Nov-11-04 08:05 AM Response to Original message 25. Keep crying.. Seriously. I cried every single day after the election, until yesterday. Just when I think I'm ok with all of this, I hear a song on the radio or I read a post on DU and I start crying all over again. But I think I finally reached the acceptance stage, I hope anyway, because I didn't cry once yesterday. And I'm hoping I won't cry today. I keep telling myself that I need to move on with my life and I can't mope over this or it will destroy me.
7 posted on 11/11/2004 7:01:18 AM PST by bw17
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To: presidio9
To the whiny rats.
8 posted on 11/11/2004 7:03:32 AM PST by snarkytart
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To: presidio9

These are the kinds of people I'm surrounded by every day in New York City. Yesterday a co-worker came up to me and said "Aren't you depressed about the election ?" (in NY, everyone assumes you're a Dem.)

I said ,"No." She was speechless.


9 posted on 11/11/2004 7:04:07 AM PST by somerville
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Can someone get these poor people a grief therapy self help book. They need to move on to acceptance but they all seem stuck on denial.


10 posted on 11/11/2004 7:04:28 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: presidio9
...the majority of Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction (56%)."

Um. Well, I'm not sure that's so uplifting, but it does indicate liberals are hardly alone in their assessment of Bush.

I'm tired of this little canard.

Perhaps someone should tell this idiot that the data she cites includes those who think the "wrong direction" in which this country is headed is due to the effluents of people like her.

11 posted on 11/11/2004 7:05:14 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are really stupid.)
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To: presidio9
The conversations I'm having are heartening, too, most of which go something like, "People may not want gay marriage, but almost 60% are okay with civil unions, and that's great progress!"

Thats not true either.

The left is so out of touch they don't know that they are out of touch.

12 posted on 11/11/2004 7:06:06 AM PST by KC_Conspirator (I am poster #48)
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To: presidio9

These kind of stories are starting to make me nauseous. I wish she'd go read her piece of crap sob story to a Marine in Fallujah right now or a soldier who has been wounded and is lying in the hospital at this time.
QUIT WHINING and leave already! Do they not realize the more they talk, the more us evil red states just strengthen and mobilize?


13 posted on 11/11/2004 7:06:16 AM PST by AuburnJenn
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To: presidio9

Delightful post.

"More people voted for Kerry that voted for Reagan."

That's good.

But more people voted for President Bush that voted for
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, JQ Adams, Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln COMBINED!


14 posted on 11/11/2004 7:06:57 AM PST by 9999lakes
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To: snarkytart

LOL


15 posted on 11/11/2004 7:09:33 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (If you have anything, thank our Vets.)
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To: presidio9
But I'm not. I'm pleasantly numb, and I can tell you exactly why: rationalizations.

For the dims, rationalizations are better than sex. They must be, I haven't seen a dim go more than a week without a rationalization in my entire life.

16 posted on 11/11/2004 7:09:39 AM PST by tx_eggman ("There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men." --Edmund Burke)
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To: presidio9
"In short, I'm still cheery the way kids are still cheery for weeks after Christmas, because the decorations have yet to come down."

She's like a kid alright, a brat that has been told no, for the first time in her, and other uber liberals lives. Liberals have hit the deck, prone, kicking, screaming, and having a tantrum.

17 posted on 11/11/2004 7:10:31 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: per loin

Why don't they all leave?


18 posted on 11/11/2004 7:11:38 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (If you have anything, thank our Vets.)
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To: presidio9
Or, at least, that's what most progressives are doing.

Progressives: shoot up opposition campaign offices; spout lies unabashedly; assault opposition campaign workers; espouse killing unborn innocents; hate, hate, hate, hate any who oppose them.

That's not progressive. That's regressive. These persons are giving a good word a bad connotation. Why can't they just call themselves what they are, liberals?

19 posted on 11/11/2004 7:12:41 AM PST by TheGeezer
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To: sportutegrl

denial. Isn't that a river in Africa?


20 posted on 11/11/2004 7:14:05 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (If you have anything, thank our Vets.)
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To: presidio9

um why not just shoot yourself and get it over with?


21 posted on 11/11/2004 7:14:46 AM PST by rockabyebaby (What goes around, comes around!)
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To: presidio9

Why don't you join us. There's always an open chair under the big tent.


22 posted on 11/11/2004 7:16:34 AM PST by UMFan
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To: rockabyebaby

23 posted on 11/11/2004 7:17:52 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: 9999lakes
"More people voted for Kerry that voted for Reagan."

That's good.

But more people voted for President Bush that voted for Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, JQ Adams, Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln COMBINED!

The only thing that matters is that more people voted for President Bush than did for Kerry.

Hey, dims -- Don't forget, your guy finshed second but GWB finished next-to-last. I hope you find some small comfort in that. :=)

24 posted on 11/11/2004 7:18:45 AM PST by Bob
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To: presidio9
Maybe the word for this blissful state is denial. And maybe, for the next four years, denial is the perfect place to be.

And the Republicans make this possible as well. Bush will spend the next 4 years attempting to clean up as much of clinton's mess as he can. The next election may see the country doing well enough that the dems can steal the White House again.

But it's a fact that's it's easier to be a dem in a Republican administration, than a Republican in a dem administraion.

25 posted on 11/11/2004 7:21:44 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th% (Bush wins!!!)
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To: sportutegrl
Can someone get these poor people a grief therapy self help book.


26 posted on 11/11/2004 7:21:51 AM PST by TheBigB ("I'm George W. Bush, and I approved this ass-whoopin'.")
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To: presidio9

I still enjoy walking into Starbucks for my AM coffee and whistling "Oh, what a beautiful morning . . ." Still doing the happy dance too. I'll talk to anyone about Canadian immigration. It's a great place with a wonderful climate and lots of Free Stuff. The looks I get . . . tasty!


27 posted on 11/11/2004 7:22:47 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Their women give good lamentation, maybe we can conquer them again sometime.)
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To: Bob

Actually, I think Ralph Nader came in last...


Did Gary Coleman run?


28 posted on 11/11/2004 7:23:43 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: rockabyebaby

I foresee the mental health profession and the drug industry booming in the next 4 years. Hopefully much, much longer, in fact.
Who says GWB lost jobs in this economy? Hahahaha!


29 posted on 11/11/2004 7:24:11 AM PST by 95 Bravo ("Freedom is not free. ")
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To: presidio9
(I'm eating chocolate nonstop simply because it's leftover from Halloween, thank you very much.)

Aha! A point of commonality. Perhaps we can start here and move toward "unity".

Can't we all just get aloooooooong?

LOL

30 posted on 11/11/2004 7:28:48 AM PST by cyncooper (And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm)
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To: 9999lakes
But more people voted for President Bush that voted for Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, JQ Adams, Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln COMBINED!

AND, more people voted for Bush than Kerry. Oh, dear, I guess pointing that out will put her back to where she started; depressed. Oops.

31 posted on 11/11/2004 7:33:15 AM PST by cyncooper (And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm)
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To: presidio9
"More people voted for Kerry that voted for Reagan."

Ahhh... but the votes for Reagan were both legal and voluntary (not coerced).

32 posted on 11/11/2004 7:34:40 AM PST by I'mPeach
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To: sportutegrl
Can someone get these poor people a grief therapy self help book. They need to move on to acceptance but they all seem stuck on denial.

We'll see different Dems in different stages of grieving for a looooong time. Heck, some of the real hard-core or the more fragile are still stuck in "shock" or "anger" and it's been over a week. Acceptance will be quite some time in coming for many. Let 'em process.

33 posted on 11/11/2004 7:36:23 AM PST by macbee ("Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: 9999lakes

"More people voted for Kerry than voted for Reagan."

But more people voted for President Bush that voted for
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, JQ Adams, Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln COMBINED!"

And more important.....More people voted for Bush than voted for Kerry


34 posted on 11/11/2004 7:38:53 AM PST by TexasTaysor
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To: presidio9

She fails to realize that all those examples of "coping" she listed are among the very reasons THEY LOST.


35 posted on 11/11/2004 7:40:17 AM PST by jcb8199
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To: presidio9
Camp Schadenfreude
36 posted on 11/11/2004 7:40:38 AM PST by Nick Danger (Atomic Ayatollahs are not a good idea.)
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To: presidio9

Is she calling Hillary the "plastic reindeer on the fire escape"? If so, it is most apropos.


37 posted on 11/11/2004 7:47:18 AM PST by Dionysius
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To: I'mPeach

And crack hadn't been invented yet, so we never had the opportunity to give people crack to vote for him...


38 posted on 11/11/2004 8:07:07 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

You know, the leftist whining was funny for the first couple of days. Now it's like the toddler in the seat behind you in Coach who won't stop wailing at the top of his lungs for the entire duration of your trans-Atlantic flight.


39 posted on 11/11/2004 8:10:39 AM PST by RogueIsland
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To: presidio9
zealot with a picture of Karl Rove wood-burned onto my shotgun

Mmmmm, maybe John Kerry can borrow it for his next hunting trip. I'm sure he has Karl Rove's image seared, seared into his memory.

40 posted on 11/11/2004 8:11:27 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: KC_Conspirator
I was talking with a moderate Republican friend of mine yesterday. He said he had no objection to something that would let them have power of attorney if their partner is in the hospital or those types of things.
I was amazed at the libs who called most of America stupid for being concerned with national security, yet voted against Bush only because they wanted same sex marriage.
41 posted on 11/11/2004 8:21:27 AM PST by HungarianGypsy (Envision getting off your hippie butt and getting a job.)
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To: Bob
Hey, dims -- Don't forget, your guy finshed second but GWB finished next-to-last. I hope you find some small comfort in that. :=)

That makes President Bush the penultimate president. ;-)

42 posted on 11/11/2004 8:33:42 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: Nick Danger

Where else but Freeperland could I learn what shadenfreude means.


43 posted on 11/11/2004 8:37:10 AM PST by Joe Miner
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To: presidio9

While she is right that in every red state, there is a partly blue state, she may not understand (or want to) that in every blue state, there is a mostly red state.


44 posted on 11/11/2004 8:47:09 AM PST by Frumious Bandersnatch
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