Disbelieve In America.

It’s better when they don’t see it coming.

Since Election Night, I’ve watched more Fox News than all the nights leading up to Obama’s reelection.   I’m ashamed of the sadistic pleasure I’ve received from watching their on-air talent looking like shell-shocked soldiers.   You can see it in their eyes.  We were so sure.  How the hell did Obama win?

They thought they had it nailed.  Now?  It’s Disbelieve in America.

For anyone following Fox, they know the motto of the network is “fair and balanced.”  They’re so fair and balance that their most prominent personality used part of the post-election O’Reilly Factor to read letters from viewers “criticizing” the host (most viewers though O’Reilly hadn’t been tough enough on the president).

This was the week that “fair and balanced” was exposed as a punchline, not a principle.

What do sore losers look and sound like? They look and sound as ugly as Mary Matalin. You can feel the hatred seething out of her in waves.

The stench of rancid bitterness reeked from CNN contributor Matalin who could barely restrain  herself from leaping through the split screen and strangling Van Jones after Wolf Blitzer asked how the newly reelected president could find common ground with the GOP.  Now why did Wolf want to go and ask her a damn fool question like that?

Matalin is a bitter, shitty human being on her good days and she clearly wasn’t having a good day.   “I don’t care what you think, Van!”, she snarled as she bit off the head of a live puppy.    This is partly Mitt Romney’s fault.  His declaration that he had only written an acceptance speech was classless as well as brainless.  Romney couldn’t even conceive he could lose?    The concession speech he did make sounded as though he had just written it right before he went on stage and did nothing to dampen down the red-hot passions of his pissed-off supporters.

Look, I know it sucks to lose.  There’s no such thing as a good loss. But with the exception of the Democrats picking up two more Senate seats, this was pretty much a status quo election. Incumbents are notoriously difficult to beat and Obama is a better candidate than Fox News conservatives give him credit for.

The shock and awe of Obama winning a second term after all the experts said he was toast is still too raw and painful a wound for many. It would be unseemly and uncool for liberals to brag. Put those salt shakers away my fellow Lefties. The sense of impending doom our friends on the Right are feeling is identical to our own after the 2010 mid-terms when the Tea Party was ascendant.

Let Donald Trump call for a “revolution” against Washington (how much would Fox News freak out if Romney had won and some Scary Black Guy like Louis Farrakhan had echoed Trump’s call for blood in the streets?). Permit Mary Matalin her epic hissy fit on CNN as she rails against the president’s “derision, division, destruction, distraction and distortion.” Tolerate Terrible Ted Nugent raving about “pimps, whores and welfare brats.”

Elections do have consequences and bad side effects as well. What we’re witnessing in the Republican Party is a classic example of the Kubler-Ross model of the five stages of grieving and some folks need a little more time to get over denial and anger before they transition to bargaining and depression and finally reach acceptance.

They have four more years to get there. Hopefully Obamacare will help defray the cost of professional help.