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That Sinking Feeling

November 10, 2012

Mitt and the rest of the GOP had decided to ignore despite all evidence…

was real.

Just as we all warned them it was.

These clowns had drunk so much of their own cool-aid that they honestly believed their own bullshit.

“We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory,” said one senior adviser. “I don’t think there was one person who saw this coming.”

As a result, they believed the public/media polls were skewed – they thought those polls oversampled Democrats and didn’t reflect Republican enthusiasm. They based their own internal polls on turnout levels more favorable to Romney. That was a grave miscalculation, as they would see on election night.

Those assumptions drove their campaign strategy: their internal polling showed them leading in key states, so they decided to make a play for a broad victory: go to places like Pennsylvania while also playing it safe in the last two weeks.

Those assessments were wrong.

And just like climate change, evolution, sex education, tax policy, and a myriad of other issues, conservatives refused to believe their lying eyes.

MADDOW: Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he
really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is
legitimately president of the United States, again.

And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment
rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no
evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the
polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not
making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel
bad. Nate Silver was doing math.

And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy
sometimes. And evolution is a thing.

And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us. And
nobody is taking away anyone`s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the
deficit is dropping, actually.

And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the
moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And
U.N. election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of
the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services
industry in this country are not the same thing as communism.

Listen, last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for
very obvious reasons, but it was also, possibly, a good night for this
country as a whole, because in this country, we have a two-party system in
government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides, both come
up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country.
They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate
between those possible solutions.

And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition
between good ideas from both sides about real problems in the real country
should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if
only one side is really working on the hard stuff.

And the if the Republican Party and the conservative movement and the
conservative media is snuck a vacuum-sealed door-locked spin cycle of
telling each other what makes them feel good and denying the factual, lived
truth of the world, then we are all deprived as a nation of the
constructive debate about competing feasible ideas about real problems.

Last night the Republicans got shellacked, and they had no idea it was
coming. And we saw them in real time, in real humiliating time, not
believe it, even as it was happening to them.

And unless they are going to is secede, they are going to have to pop
the factual bubble they have been so happy living inside if they do not
want to get shellacked again. And that will be a painful process for them,
but it will be good for the whole country, left, right, and center. You
guys, we`re counting on you. Wake up.

There are real problems in the world. There are real, knowable facts
in the world. Let`s accept those and talk about how we might approach our
problems differently. Let`s move on from there.

If the Republican Party and the conservative movement and conservative
media are forced to do that by the humiliation they were dealt last night,
we will all be better off as a nation. And in that spirit,
congratulations, everybody. Big night.

Now, days later, while they’re picking through the rubble of their house of cards, they still cannot accept responsibility for any of it. It was voter suppression, the country is just full of moochers that want “stuff” (which seems to be the right’s new euphemism for welfare), Romney was a liberal, we were lied to, on and on and on.

They simply can’t admit that the nation has changed. That it’s much harder to win national election through race-bating and lies. That their brand of thinly veiled racism and economic nihilism doesn’t sell like it used to. That living in a fantasy world of conspiracy theories, mysticism, and goose-stepping adherence to Fox Nooze talking-points is a recipe for electoral disaster.

What happened Tuesday night broadcast the delusional psychosis of the GOP in 1080p Hi-Def.

The question now is: Will they come to grips with reality and eject the worst elements of their party to save themselves?

Of course not.

Republicans are their worst elements. They are the Tea Party. They are racists, theocrats, and fascists. They have refined themselves down to their base and have nowhere else to go.

Did this election change anything? Yes.

The nation has overwhelmingly backed a progressive vision for our future. Our Supreme Court will be more liberal for at least another generation. Young people and people of color are turning out to vote for liberals, and will for the foreseeable future. Conservative politicians have been painted into a corner and will either negotiate or perish at the polls.

Will it change the GOP? No.

We can expect more of the same. A lot of screaming and yelling, and a lot of electoral drubbings.

In other words we can expect more of this.

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