Losers’ Grief

The shock of the Trump electoral victory has entailed copious quantities of grief among Democrats and Liberals of all persuasions. If you follow the TV News and Commentary shows you see an almost perfect representation of the Kubler-Ross 5 Stages of Grief

“The five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost.” (The Kubler-Ross Five Stages of Grief).

Clearly the losers are now past denial. That took a few days particularly stimulated by the popular vote showing Clinton had won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote. (Currently, the popular vote margin stands at some 2.6 million).

The first stage of denial was the question: How could she have lost Then, came the denunciations of the Electoral College itself by some of the more rabid Clintonites, The arguments that the Electoral College was a denial of one man-one vote were feeble because even the smallest knowledge of our Constitution history explains why the Founders created voting by States. The Electoral College is not an accident of history. It is precisely because we became a Union of sovereign states.The Founders did not want our union upset by the passions of a majority.That should have been sufficient, because there is no chance today that small states will give up their electoral power. Rage coupled to denial, however, is a powerful emotion and it took some days and weeks until those tirades vanished. Anger persisted, however, particularly with extreme venting over immigration and healthcare. The early announcements of the first Trump cabinet appointments poured more oil on the fire. The fire has not yet burned out.

The recent tirade by retiring Senator Reid accompanied by the shameful remarks of his House counterpart, Nancy Pelosi, indicate that Democrats are now into the bargaining stage. (Pelosi called the appointment of Dr. Carson as Secretary of HUD “a disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice.”) Some Democrats feebly threatened to shut down Congress over the continuing budget resolution until the majority moving on to depression and acceptance realized that they were about to emulate some of the Republican ‘s worst prior mistakes over the budget. Despite anguished cries that the resolution would deprive some of healthcare benefits, it has turned out, everyone is essentially protected until early spring, by which time much of the Cabinet will have been confirmed and the new Administration is writing the rules on health care.

Will acceptance finally occur Yes, but the real Congressional fighting is yet to begin. The run-up to the Inauguration does not seem peaceful despite a lack of fireworks from the White House. While Trump continues his victory tour, Obama is focused on how history will regard him and is not using a flame thrower on his successor. The next part of the melodrama has begun: the Trump Coronation and the Obama Legacy.