Tonight, they are in a foul mood. Generally an extremely triumphal crowd (no event is too obscure, deeply lodged in the echo chamber, or tiny to be celebrated), tonight they were just cranky, like a child up past her bedtime. Or, say, an old fart who's getting his keister kicked by a young whippersnapper in the US presidential election. They declared no victory. Aside from the usual hysteria ('Would you have guessed that [Obama]'s pals with a guy who brags about bombing the Pentagon? Would you have guessed that he helped underwrite raging anti-Semites?"), they were dispondent and resigned to loss. They even started to turn on McCain, a kind of apostasy previously unthinkable for this particular strain of the Bush Youth:
We have a disaster here — which is what you should expect when you delegate a non-conservative to make the conservative (nay, the American) case.At the end of autocratic regimes, this must be what it's like--the loyalists eating one another, blaming the failure on a lack of fidelity and discipline, fear and insanity in their eyes as the world tilts on its axis.
In Hindi, there's this phrase which means something like "it is finished"--ho gaya. When something is completely done, irrevocably, Indians will use this word, sometimes emphasizing it with a sweeping motion of the palm.
After tonight's debate? Ho gaya. Change, she is a'comin.