Michael Tomasky on the Coming Post-Election GOP Freak OutSubmitted by Caardvaark on Sun, 11/04/2012 - 02:39
What's the state of mind this weekend of the conservative outrage machine? With regard to liberals, I think it's fair to say as of Saturday that most of us (excepting your allowed-for percentage of nervous nellies) expect Barack Obama to win. If he somehow doesn't, we'll be surprised and deeply depressed. But provided the outcome doesn't involve some kind of Florida-style shenanigans, in a couple days' time, we'll come to terms with it.
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaign in Ohio on November 2, 2012. Romney at Screen Machines Industries in Etna and Obama at Lima Senior High School in Lima. (Getty Images ; Reuters / Landov )
Meanwhile--conservatives? I think that they are certain that Mitt Romney will win and that all information to the contrary is a pack of lies; that they will be completely shocked and outraged if he doesn't; that, if he loses, it will be the inevitable product of foul play; and that therefore they'll immediately start scouring the landscape looking for parties to blame and will keep themselves in a state suspended agitation for...days, weeks, four years, forever. Which wouldn't matter to the rest of us but for the fact that they'll continue to have the power to screw up the country.