I originally published this post on November 10, 2008. It remains very apropos today, so here it is again, with just a few words changed for clarity.
An excellent observation from Baldilocks:
Losers find it almost impossible to act like winners even when they win.
Since Obama’s victory, troll visits to right-wing blogs are up, dropping comments that show all the class of second graders in the schoolyard singing “Nah nah nah boo boo, stick your head in doo doo.”
You’d think they’d be happy to have won, with no need to waste time and energy on such entertainment. But it you’d think that, you’d think wrong. For a certain not inconsiderable segment of the Obamaphile population, the feeling of triumph goes hand in hand with the desire to spit on others in overwhelming delight at the sensation of victory. Not an admirable impulse to be sure, but an ancient one. By their fruits ye shall know them.
So that’s the original post from four years ago. In 2012 I’d like to add that this time the crowing is widespread not just in the blogosphere and comments sections, but among pundits on the left. The nasty campaign run by Obama in 2012 has certainly not had the effect of tempering pettiness and snark on the left; au contraire.
What’s more, in 2008 the left wasn’t sure how things would pan out for them, or whether Obama would be successful and win a second term. Now they know that it’s not necessary to be “successful” in the usual sense—for example, improving the economy—for the left to win. They believe they’re in the driver’s seat permanently.
That’s the source of their unbridled glee in 2012. This time around, they believe they’ll have all the time in the world.
Perhaps they’re right, perhaps not. Demographics favor them, it’s true. But black swans have a way of swimming into view when you least expect them.