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    Post-Debate Diagnosis

    Post-Debate Diagnosis

    So where does last night’s debate leave us? I’d say stage 4, although not all have made it that far:

    Denial √

    In this stage, the world becomes meaningless and overwhelming. Life makes no sense. We are in a state of shock and denial. We go numb.

    Anger √

    Be willing to feel your anger, even though it may seem endless. The more you truly feel it, the more it will begin to dissipate and the more you will heal.

    Bargaining √

    We become lost in a maze of “If only…” or “What if…” statements.


    Empty feelings present themselves, and grief enters our lives on a deeper level, deeper than we ever imagined. This depressive stage feels as though it will last forever.


    We will never like this reality or make it OK, but eventually we accept it. We learn to live with it. It is the new norm with which we must learn to live.

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    exodus2011 | September 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    *She* is dribbling the ball just outside the paint … watching the clock …. eyeing up the basket …. she has the final possession of this Quarter of the Primary Contest, and wants to make the closing shot …

    she sees the others jostling beneath the basket … making contact, bumping, bruising each other … thinking they can block her shot ….

    but they don’t know whether she will drive to the basket and go for the lay up, or whether she will take the outside jump shot ……

    they just pray she won’t DUNK on them ..*__*

    Henry Hawkins | September 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    All we need in the White House post-2012 is someone to sign the bills sent up by the Congress which, if all goes well, will be even more heavily GOP in the House, and hopefully majority GOP in the Senate too. Given what happened in 2010, it is likely that many Tea Party-minded candidates will again win big, enlarging the TP congressional caucus. Dismantling the Obama/Pelosi/Reid messes will be top priority. Just sign the bills, Mr. President, just sign the bills. No need to talk or give speeches. Just sign the bills.

    Apparently, Rick Perry is not ready for prime time, and I’d really like to see someone other than Mitt ‘Wind Sock’ Romney. It is still early (Guiliani and Thompson were the GOP primary leaders in Sept 2007) and there’s a month or so left before the filing deadline, so there is hope for a candidate more appealing than as the lesser of evils.

    Well, I hope there’s hope.


    I’m afraid you are talking about the wrong process here. You should be talking the 12 step recovery program for political junkies.

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