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The Exhaustion Caucus:The election cycle is stressful, voters must remain enthusiastic &determined; by Charles M Blow.

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'This phenomenon of news avoidance has taken on an acute peculiarity in the age of Trump. A paper in SAGE Journals found that people were experiencing high levels of stress & emotionality when talking about political news and  “'frequently develop mechanisms to cope with high levels of emotionality.' ' There is a never-ending stream of dishonesty, offense and hostility emanating from this administration, sometimes too much to properly track. It overwhelms people’s capacity for outrage. And, in that deluge of grief and distress, many simply chose to disconnect... intelligent, interested & interesting people... disengage from the news as an actual means of mental health and spiritual survival. But, Trump is still inescapable. He has seized on America’s obsessions. He has bored his way into our brains. Even when not obsessively consuming news about him, he is still omnipresent.'

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I agree when Blow says: "I struggle with how to evaluate these people. In a way, I completely understand. Sometimes I, too, take a day or a weekend away from the insanity to preserve my own peace. But is a sustained disconnect irresponsible and a demerit on one's political citizenship? Does disconnection represent a drift toward cynicism, self-defeat and apathy? I don't think it has to be, but I worry that on some level it is inevitable."

"I see two main groups of people who want Trump gone: the exhausted and the excited. The exhausted just need this nightmare to draw to a close. The excited have a replacement candidate about whom they are passionate. The former, I believe lean more on the electability argument, and the latter promote the more transformative candidate."

Submitted on Monday, Feb 3, 2020 at 2:49:14 PM

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