When I was a child, maybe 10 or 11, I would tell my mother that something bad was going to happen -- and she would say, "Oh, everybody feels that way." Now that I've grown up, moved away, found a smart therapist and started raising my own daughter, I understand that everyone doesn't feel that way. But people with anxiety do, and I happen to be one of those people.
Did the Democrats lose the Senate over Ebola? Pundits are parsing the exit polls, and they'll no doubt come to contradictory conclusions. But the surreal notion that President Obama's incompetence put America at risk for dread disease fed Republican efforts to cast Democrats as a danger to the nation.