After Scott Brown’s surprising victory last month in Massachusetts, President Barack Obama spoke with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s World News Tonight:
Here’s my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country: the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office.
People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.
In my world — the world of psychotherapy — we call that “denial.”
Denial can be loosely defined as an unconscious desire to refuse to recognize or acknowledge a given reality. An alcoholic believing that he is not a problem drinker, that he can quit anytime, or that he can control his drinking if he so chooses. A former presidential candidate believing that he can keep an illegitimate daughter secret forever and having a great deal of difficulty in acknowledging the truth when the evidence becomes clear.
A number of pundits have already noted (here, here, here, and here) that Mr. Obama would have us believe (or that he truly believes) that the voters in Massachusetts elected someone running as a conservative Republican because they were angry at the “last eight years” of Republican rule.
Which is, I think you will agree, an interesting premise in sort of a semi-psychotic way: “Anger at Republicans causes voters to vote for a Republican.”
If that isn’t denial, with anger at the Obama administration in particular and Democrats in general due to extraordinarily high spending, cap and trade, the upcoming huge increase in taxes, and of course ObamaCare, then I really don’t know what denial is.