In the general thrill of the evening combined with the demands of my hectic schedule, I somehow missed the coverage of Crying Man after Scott Walker’s big win in Wisconsin. I had been only occasionally sifting through the online coverage, looking mainly for results, so it’s not all that surprising that I didn’t catch CNN’s interview of Mike (or Vinny, as it turns out). I remained blissfully unaware of Crying Man’s existence until I caught Glenn Reynolds’ YouTube link on Instapundit. Apparently, Crying Man became an overnight viral sensation, his CNN meltdown starting the timer on his fifteen-minute countdown to obscurity.
For myself, I don’t get it. I mean, I get it, the mind-boggling arrogance and conceit it takes to think that democracy is dead because one’s candidate lost an election. And I get the humor value from Crying Man going all Hindenburg. Nothing says melodrama like a good crash and burn. It’s just that Crying Man’s amusing angst probably isn’t worth the time that’s been devoted to it — he’s just another nut, and will not very likely be in a position to make policy decisions for the liberals or the unions anytime soon.
There is a lesson to be learned here. Crying Man is just the latest in a trend of rabidly delusional liberals who shed all sense of logic and reality in favor of the perception that they’re “right” … they must be right because everything in whatever media they watch or read or listen to proves that they’re right. Their faith in the infallibility of their belief system, to wit, the left side of the left-leaning media, prevents them from even conceiving that there are other perspectives or — gasp — other truths than their own.
The failed Occupy movement was effectively the Crying Man writ large. And dangerously violent. Occupy was, or became, an entire army of the worst, most delusional extremists: true believers without the ballast of objectivity, and in many cases reality, to balance it all out. If I were a liberal or a Democrat, I would be very nervous at how much air time such extremists are getting, and more importantly, at how closely associated their extreme ideals are to my party and my favorite candidates. I would be uncomfortable with the notion that liberalism would be defined by people like Crying Man or thugs, like so many we saw demonstrating for the Occupy movement.