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The Five Stages of Losing the House

Conservative bloggers have seemed to move through the stages of grief tonight:

Denial (in an early post from the National Review): "There is a big, clear wave breaking the Republicans' way in just about every competitive race coast to coast, and it could mean results very, very different from what the Washington crowd expected."

Anger (from Right Angle): "What else caused the GOP's downfall? Speaker Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.), Majority Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and Roy Blunt (R.-Mo.) all deserve blame for their failed leadership in the House. Sen. Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.), although retiring this year, will go down in history as one of the worst majority leaders, having failed to capitalize on the winning issues of judicial nominees, tax cuts and significant earmark reform."

Bargaining (from GOP Bloggers): "If Republicans would have passed earmark reform, held the line on spending, done something meaningful on immigration after making a big stink about it and made permanent any of the 2003 tax cuts, they would not be in this mess."

Depression (from Little Green Footballs): "With the House in Democrat control, we can expect to see flying subpoenas and impeachment hearings, and big parties across the Middle East."

Acceptance (from the closing post of the National Review): "What do you do? You mope. You drink. You swear a bit. And then, after a little while, you get back up on the horse and try again. Regarding this, I think the Democrats have inferior policies. But the country chose 'em; now they get to see how they work."