If you are anything like me, you read and re-read and sometimes still read the Chronicles of Narnia. I have always especially loved The Last Battle, with its nefarious plots, darkness, and heroics. It is perhaps the most obvious in its Christian allegorical implications, but any reader can create meaning and draw parallels, and as a nonbeliever, the most striking and current parallel I have is pulled from Chapter 13: "How the Dwarfs Refuse to be Taken In:"
"Romney and his campaign had gone into the evening confident they had a
good path to victory, for emotional and intellectual reasons. The huge and
enthusiastic crowds in swing state after swing state in recent weeks - not
only for Romney but also for Paul Ryan - bolstered what they believed
intellectually: that Obama would not get the kind of turnout he had in
They thought intensity and enthusiasm were on their side this time - poll
after poll showed Republicans were more motivated to vote than Democrats -
and that would translate into votes for Romney.
As a result, they believed the public/media polls were skewed - they
thought those polls oversampled Democrats and didn't reflect Republican
enthusiasm. They based their own internal polls on turnout levels more
favorable to Romney. That was a grave miscalculation, as they would see on
Wait, that's an article about the Romney campaign on November 6.
Let's try this:
Tirian had thought... that they were inside a little thatched stable,
about twelve feet long and six feet wide. In reality they stood on
grass, the deep blue sky was overhead, and the air which blew gently on
their faces was that of a day in early summer... Lucy led the way and
soon they could all see the Dwarfs. They had a very odd look. They
weren't strolling about or enjoying themselves (although the cords with
which they had been tied seemed to have vanished) nor were they lying
down and having a rest. They were sitting very close together in a
little circle facing one another. They never looked round nor took any
notice of the humans till Lucy and Tirian were almost near enough to
touch them. then the Dwarfs all cocked their heads as if they couldn't
see anyone but were listening hard and trying to guess by the sound what
You remember it, right? Everyone emerges through the door into a bright,
sunny paradise, but the Dwarfs sit huddled in a circle, only able to
see the dark, dirty stable. They close ranks and refuse to listen to
"Now it's time for the president to propose solutions that actually
have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of
Representatives and a closely divided Senate, step up to the plate on
the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in
his first four years in office.
"To the extent he wants to move to the political center, which is
where the work gets done in a divided government, we'll be there to meet
him half way."
They don't want yammering about a republican mandate when House republicans, while still in charge, had fewer votes than House democrats. They don't want continued obstructionism from a Congress with historically low approval ratings.
All the "modern" GOP has to offer is denialism and the inability to prepare for all outcomes if those outcomes do not fit with their created reality. Karl Rove going live on Fox News to tell them they had it wrong when they called Ohio for Obama. Running an entire end-of-campaign strategy on the belief that polls are skewed and that your anecdotal observations and internal polling tell the Real Story because the other one doesn't look good. Choosing to believe that the Obama ground game was all just smoke and mirrors, and that their own ground game was superior and would carry the day when they had not even truly tested their big, expensive GOTV apparatus. Ignoring any data showing Obama in the lead in both electoral and popular counts. Thinking that we still live in an America where all that counts is GOTWV: Get Out The White Vote.
And closing ranks on November 7, vowing to stick to their dark, fantasy-based belief in cutting taxes and obstructing the President, all in the name of party and politics.
“Well, at any rate there’s no Humbug here. We haven’t let anyone take us in. The Dwarfs are for the Dwarfs."