This piece made me laugh, as well:
About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel.
It had been a pretty good run up to that point. The brains of white folks had been humming along cogently for near on 400 years on this continent, with little sign that any serious trouble was brewing. White people, after all, had managed to invent a spiffy new form of self-government so that all white men (and, eventually, women) could have a say in how white people were taxed and governed. White minds had also nearly universally occupied just about every branch of that government and, for more than two centuries, had kept sole possession of the leadership of its executive branch (whose parsonage, after all, is called the White House).
But when that streak was broken—and, for the first time, a non-white president accepted the oath of office—white America rapidly began to lose its grip.
It is seriously weird, as someone who was a Republican and really not paying attention to politics during the Clinton years, to watch a large portion of the country totally lose their shit. Add to it that a small but vocal minority in the Democratic party have decided that the object lesson from the 1980 election was that Ted Kennedy was right to undercut his own party, and we’re all getting a refresher course on Democratic idiocy.