Another new Aussie friend, Dr. Carlos d'Abrera, writes:
I am a psychiatrist and live and work in Australia. Just FYI, this whole 52 to 48 thing is easily explained by "object relations theory."
For the past 8 years or so, the left has been exhibiting classic group psychopathology: Having first cast the right as the "bad object," they have been projecting their own disavowed "badness" into this object, which has become the target of their annihilation fantasies. (Look at the hateful venom aimed at the plumber, Palin, etc.)
Now that those projections have been identified with, the phase that follows is called "reparation," which is what we are seeing now.
This is all very infantile of course.
Is it ever! I don't think we're supposed to mention reparations, though.
Yeah, when you try to talk to these guys, it soon becomes obvious that they don't regard you as a human being. You really are reduced to an object in their eyes. You are The Conservative or The Wingnut or whatever label they've put on that particular mental box. They've already decided for themselves what's in that box, so whatever you do or say will be either disregarded if it doesn't fit or twisted up until it does.
Or I could be talking a lot of crap. I'm no shrink. But I have tended to notice a pattern after 8 years or so. And I've noticed that a lot of people are becoming less and less inclined to pay the media to keep following it.Posted by Jim Treacher at November 8, 2008 07:47 AM