She is, ultimately, a creature so without precedent in our politics that people like Frank Rich have just lost their bearings.
Now the changes within secular Israel have loosened their bearings even more.
Or the advisors who recommended it had temporarily lost their bearings.
"parts of a machine which 'bear' the friction," 1791, from present participle of bear (v.). Meaning "direction from a point of reference" is from 1630s; to take (one's) bearings is from 1711.