Kerry voters falling apart in Florida! We love it! The Boca Raton News reports the funniest election story since the butterfly ballot-befuddled of Palm Beach discovered they’d voted for Pat Buchanan in 2000:
“A post-therapy John Kerry supporter spoke out about her trauma treatment for the first time this weekend, saying Florida psychologist Douglas Schooler took her from the depths of despair over President Bush’s victory to a new lease on life.
“Forty-four year old Karen of Boca Raton, a divorced mother of one who didn’t want her last name in print, called the trauma specialist’s intensive election therapy ‘profoundly effective’ and described his hypnosis technique as ‘a healing process.’
”I wasn’t sleeping,’ Karen told the Boca Raton News in an interview. ‘I was very devastated and very astonished that people would re-elect this president. I was moody about the war and economic issues. I felt very unsettled and fearful. I thought, “Oh no, what will happen for four years?”‘
“Karen, whose medical insurance covers the treatment, said she approached Schooler last week after finding herself unable to function publicly due to President Bush’s re-election.
”Dr. Schooler absolutely understood the pain this election caused me and he opened my mind to a new point of view,’ Karen said. ‘You’re relaxed, he talks to you and you just come out of it feeling more positive and renewed. It took one session. He did some relaxation techniques and probably did some things I didn’t even realize.’
“A Schooler client for seven years, dating back to her divorce, Karen said the doctor helped her realize it had been unhealthy for her to expect Kerry to win.
”If I’d had time, I would have volunteered for Kerry, but I work full-time,’ Karen said. ‘I was so invested emotionally, watching the debates, and was very disturbed whenever I heard a Marine has been killed. I thought Bush’s actions were war crimes. But I’m sleeping again since the therapy and have felt better ever since. I don’t know what will happen now, but I’m going to take it day by day and see what happens.’
“The Boca Raton News reported last week that more than 45 South Florida Kerry supporters sought psychological help after the Democratic candidate conceded to Bush on Nov. 3.
That number, including 20 patients treated by Schooler, had risen to more than 50 by the weekend.”
I find most fascinating Dr. Schooler’s advice to Karen that it had been “unhealthy” for her to expect Kerry to win the election. My sentiments exactly.