Emmett Tyrrell

Liberals are having a difficult time explaining what happened to them Election Day. Actually, it appears that many of them do not know what happened to them. They are in denial.

Frankly, I expect many Democrats on Capitol Hill are going to go on about their business as though nothing exceptional happened Tuesday. They were re-elected as usual. So who are those guys standing in the hallways of the congressional offices waiting for them to leave? Many Democrats are going to have to be eased out of their offices, and professional help may be called upon. I suggest anger management counselors. They could have quiet talks with those members of Congress who, as the saying goes, do not get it. Possibly these experts have a gentle way of telling the defeated members that they are history. Maybe some will be led off to "The Daily Show" to join Jon Stewart in acting superior and laughing at his agelastic efforts at humor. Possibly there is a branch of psychiatry that deals specifically with delusions of victory. Its adepts coax the defeated members of Congress out of their offices and into the sunlight. Let us face facts; it is going to be very difficult talking to these defeated Democrats.

Consider one who is going to be leaving her office very soon. Tuesday night, she said to a room filled with election workers, "We have taken the country in a new direction. We are not going back to the failed policies of the past." That was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She was fully dressed, but there was an air of the manic about her. How is incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner going to deal with her when he arrives at her office? He may need a tranquilizer gun.

The reason that it is difficult to deal with many of the defeated Democrats is that they do not recognize that Republicans even exist -- or, for that matter, independents, who broke 55 percent for Republicans. These Democrats think that history is with them and that the whole world is going their way, adopting huge stimulus policies, cap and trade, and variations of Obamacare. They do not realize that there is no way to pay for their extravagance. Moreover, the civilized countries of the world -- for instance, Great Britain and France -- are paring back entitlements and cutting budgets because they recognize they cannot pay for them.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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