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The Obama Tragedy: No Narrative

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Does No-Drama Mean No Storyline?

If tragedy occurs when anointed heroes who know better betray their own promise, Barack Obama's no-drama express is about to derail. Expect no solace from truth-telling jesters from classical tragedies, au contraire judging by lying rogues nowadays, nor anything like comic relief. Top Democrats will be relieved if they only lose the House.

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How swiftly the thrill of victory turns to the agony of defeat. And we leftists are the "crazies" needing intervention or drug therapy? If this White House cannot find a gripping narrative to justify its power, then rest assured wingnuts in the wings will reprise their perfectly coherent storyline. Brace for new and improved wedge-driven crusades against sham enemies, domestic and foreign.

Retro Bush-Cheneyism, re-sharpened by cruder minds (Beck, Palin, Limbaugh), provides breakthroughs all right, with more emotive, racial sound bites. So, what can reverse the tectonic shifts under our feet? Bad guys own a polished delivery system, with clear story, frames, and pithy proverbs, while dazed Democrats appear mute, void of rousing messages but not delayed, defensive misdirection. Game, set, and match for this midterm madness.

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If not tragic, then what?

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