The morning after, the Republicans are licking their wounds. Their concerted effort from day one to undermine the Obama re-election had suffered an irreparable resounding defeat.
Almost immediately after Ohio was declared for Obama, the Republicans began the 5 stages of grief: Denial.
I was tuned into MSNBC when that celebratory moment was announced. Obama crossed the 270 goal line. And I instantly wondered how the Right would answer the question: Why, O Why, O Why, O, Did Mitt Romney Lose Ohio? So I switched to Fox News. The two anchors, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier, seemed agitated. There it was on the screen: Obama re-elected with 274. Karl Rove, frantic with disheveled hair, was in the background. Baier gave Kelly a blank look. Her comely face was ashen. Their eyes roved to Rove for some comforting lifeline.
Then Kelly sheepishly informed her audience that the great and powerful Rove, Turdface himself, considered the consensus verdict premature. At his behest, she would straighten it all out. She awkwardly wended her way to the decision room---in the deep recesses of the set---and in the process she bumped into the occasional piece of technical infrastructure. The lofty judgment of Karl Rove had to be vindicated.
Confronting Fox's astute pollsters, she learned the grim reality: Romney's fate was sealed. Kelly was crestfallen. Denial, the first stage of grief, had begun to kick in.
Anger, phase two, was eagerly waiting in the wings.
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