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When they call for unity, remind them of their own track record...

1992: After George H.W. Bush lost the election, Rush Limbaugh used his show to rally demoralized Republicans, railing that Bill Clinton was only "technically" president because he won with a plurality, not a majority, and so had no mandate. This frame of illegitimacy was the justification for the relentless hunt to find something, anything, to force him from office.

2000: The Republican candidate, short on track record but long on brazenness, squeaks into office having lost the popular vote but getting an EC win under circumstances ripe with politically-motivated interference with the process. The Democrats acquiesce in the interests of national unity. Rather than reciprocate in light of an obvious lack of mandate, the Republicans push a hard right agenda, hold secretive energy meetings and push through tax cuts that will double the national debt. The president's team is contemptuous of its predecessors, and having sneered at the Clinton administration for thinking non-state actors like Al Queda were threats, they drop counterterrorism as a priority and divert resources to other things. When he decidedly did NOT keep us safe, his people used the worst attack on us since Pearl Harbor as a springboard for their pet project to oust Saddam Hussein. Their ideological devotion to deregulation led to the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression.

2008: Obama wins hands down. No "plurality" shit this time, it's as clean a win as you could like. Republican reaction? Dust off the playbook they'd built up during the Clinton years and start at DEFCON 1. Total resistance. Despite job losses, bankruptcies, and millions of Americans standing to lose their homes, their Number One Priority was making Obama a one-term president. When that failed, they just kept it up and added more scandal mongering against Hillary Clinton.

Obeisance is not unity. If they want unity, they need to show some. We gave it to them the last time, and all we got was terrorism, war, floods, financial crisis, bankruptcies, and the absolute shredding of any stability in the Middle East.

This time, once again we have another ignorant, arrogant good salesman/terrible businessman who is contemptuous of expertise, leading a pack of ideologues, cronies, and opportunists set to grab power with both hands and ram through their wish list and use their power to attack their domestic critics. Unity? You get what unity you've earned: none.
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