Incumbent Republican Jan Brewer said Thursday she has no intention of participating in any more events with Democrat Terry Goddard. She said the only reason she debated him on Wednesday is she had to to qualify for more than $1.7 million in public funds for her campaign.
I saw this earlier today. I must say, when I saw that blank empty smile and dead eyes as she froze, the eery brain-dead quality of that image just screamed to me...
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Fraxas: Jan Brewer is doing what she thinks is right - that's what all humans do, even the insane ones.
Righteous anger is a sign of helplessness. When there's nothing you can do, people go into a rage, as if to cover up their impotence. But it's not helpful. In my experience, the angry people are the ones who stubbornly insist on repeating the same mistakes. They even get a weird satisfaction in losing, because they enjoy the feeling of hating their opponent, so the more evil they appear, the more pleasurable it is to hate them. But that's a poor substitute for actual change.
I don't see how this contradicts anything I said. It's taboo to enjoy hate, normally we expect moderation.
When a major moral transgression occurs, the situation becomes ambiguous. You can throw off the normal constraints and indulge yourself freely...
First, it's suspicious when this duty is performed excessively, with just a bit too much enthusiasm; and second, who made it your duty to begin with? Don't claim you're just following orders when you gave them.
If some kinds of righteous anger don't include some enjoyment, then it's not a consolation prize in place of the real satisfaction of winning, so it doesn't matter to me. I personally doubt that that's very common,
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