Loss. It's a terrible thing and we're all called upon to handle it from time to time. It can be the loss of a family member, a pet, a business or a house -- but count on it along with death and taxes, you'll find yourself facing it one day. That day is here for the Republican party.
To better explain it, there is something known as the Kübler-Ross model, commonly referred to as the "five stages of grief",which is a widely respected hypothesis introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book, "On Death and Dying." It's shorthand reference is DABDA-- Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
The GOP is going through DABDA right now. And I'm going to show you what leads me to believe it's only a matter of time before the patient realizes that, as Judy Holliday sang in the musical, The Bells are Ringing, "The Party's Over."
DENIAL: After Obama was reelected, the GOP had lost seats in the House, didn't win back the senate as they predicted, they claimed the near landslide popular vote wasn't a mandate and the 332 to 206 loss in the electoral college was really a nail-biter.
ANGER - The GOP announces that they will delay or repeal all of Obama's programs. They'll hold the country hostage and take them over the sequester cliff just to show they mean business.
BARGAINING: They''ll give in on an immigration bill that has no chance of passing in the House to look like they're doing something. The old "flim-flam-flummox." At the same time, they'll protect their filibuster option by giving in on a few presidential nominees assuring that their ability to use the filibuster power will still be available in the future.
DEPRESSION: The polls.They show that there isn't currently a candidate from the GOP who can get within five percentage points of Hillary Clinton should she elect to run. And those current Republican frontrunners are all stumbling over themselves to make them even more distant from the mainstream. One by one, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush -- they're all losing steam. And without steam, you lose your hot air, and that's what's kept the party afloat for so long.
ACCEPTANCE: They are dead. The coroner's report is in. They died of public apathy after overstepping their rights and trouncing personal liberties. The last rights have been administered, the flowers have been ordered, and all that's left to be done is pick out the coffin for them to be buried in.