Chris Bowers senses that something is wrong:
I am feeling really frustrated today. I am sensing that something is wrong with this convention, and that there will be no bounce. I don’t know exactly what we need to do to get a bounce, but I do know that we haven’t done it yet.
I have complained about the cognitive dissonance, and I admit that still really bothers me. It is hard for me to be a big partisan and cheer my head off when I am told that partisan bickering is one of the main problems facing the country. It is hard for me to swallow that Democrats have reaped a windfall from corporate lobbyists since taking office, and then to hear about how we have passed great new ethics reforms. It isn’t making a lot of analytical or emotional sense.
So, since I am complaining about cognitive dissonance, maybe I don’t even know what I am complaining about. Right now, the best I can muster is that the convention just doesn’t feel right.
Well Chris, you’re in luck. I think I know what ails you.
The convention feels wrong BECAUSE IT IS WRONG!
It’s your conscience that is bothering you, and the feel of bad karma. It’s guilt and the feeling of impending doom.
Let’s put it another way:
Suppose during the last Super Bowl you were rooting for the New England Patriots. Things sure looked good for them, with an 18-0 record and a team that dominated both offensively and defensively. The only question seemed to be how many points they would win by.
But Eli Manning and those plucky New York Giants didn’t listen to the experts. They got their game on, and kicked the Pat’s collective ass. That final scoring drive was one for the ages.
So how would you feel if the NFL went ahead and gave the trophy to Tom Brady and the Patriots anyway? Would you be ecstatic because your team “won?” Or would you feel that something wasn’t right?
Let’s take this analogy one further. Suppose you were a New York Giants fan. Would you feel that the result was fair just because it was “official?” Or would you be mad as hell?
Would it make a difference if Eli Manning (whose future career was at stake) said he agreed with the outcome?
This Democratic convention will live in infamy. And karma is a bitch.