Dr. Sanity writes:
The political left, the Democrats and some Republicans have made a binding contract with denial. In their heart of hearts they know what is at stake--and they can't come to grips with it because, for the moment anyway, it is just so convenient to pretend that this problem can be laid at the doorstep of the Bush Administration.
...separation of emotion from its real object and redirection of the intense emotion toward someone or something that is less offensive or threatening in order to avoid dealing directly with what is frightening or threatening
The good Doctor also provides a weekly service, Carnival of the Insanities, a collection of her own and reader-submitted posts from across the blogs (and MSM) that cross the reality line. Perusing it, you will find the dog-bite-man story with the headline "Sadr fears for life...". Another story, on Classical Values, points out that Fidel Castro may be ill because ... well, you'll just have to read it.
My wife says I need to focus more on goals. OK. My first goal is never to make that list.