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Friday, October 28, 2016

The guys who thought they were going to win the Iraq War, the guys who still think George W. Bush won in 2000, the guys who still think we could have won in Vietnam… these guys are never going to admit that Mitt Romney lost the second and third debates.

And this isn’t just their delusion; it’s their strategy.

New York Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait points out that Karl Rove bluffed his way through the end of the 2000 election claiming the momentum, though in the end it was only the Supreme Court that mattered.

Liberals were beside themselves after the first debate when President Obama didn’t perform as they expected. MSNBC had to hire grief counselors.

Charles Krauthammer, speaking on Fox News after Monday’s debate, recited comments he’d obviously written before the debate, likely with help from the Romney staff. Fox News—firing on all cylinders when tax breaks for the millionaires are on the line—has a Republican infallibility doctrine. And the “Republican Brain” loves this sense of order, this predictability. Of course we won: We’re Republicans.

This makes it easy to create your own facts, and easy to execute the plan of smelling like a winner. When it comes down to swing voters, that’s all that matters. The defining trait of a swing voter is the desire to vote for the winner. In this way, their psyche resembles a Republicans.

There are two types of Republicans: bosses and the people who believe that by voting like the boss will one day make them the boss (or loved by the boss).

Republicans say, “You’re a winner because you vote for winners.” They say this after George W. Bush clearly had the worst presidency in a century. They said it two elections after a Republican president resigned in shame. If Nero were a Republican, they’d say, “So what? The guy liked to fiddle.”

They’re going to say they won when they lost, no matter what. Studies show that arguing with right-wingers only makes them more certain. So forget that. Instead, we should imitate them.

You know the president won that debate. So just say it. And even if he lost, say it anyway. Honesty just gets you more Republicans in power. And what good is that?

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  • muffler

    Please.. Accept responsibility for your vote and after the next four years admit to what you have allowed to happen. I hope that what ever your choice the winner does what is good for the nation and our future. If not and we have been lied into a down a deep hole take the personal responsibilities and admit your pride got in the way of a good decision. As usual the facts will never be accepted then as they cannot be rationally discussed now. Power corrupts and when those in power are more inclined to personal gain then national interest the Republic will lose.

  • Republicans take note and try to understand this quote:

    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge”.

    — Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)

  • OBAMA won.

  • nobsartist

    willard, bush and most republiKKKONS all have one thing in common.

    Whatever they claim to have achieved was given to them or they stole it.

  • Right-wing trolls will continue to vote RethugLIARcons into office not matter how many lies their politicians tell or how much of an economic abyss these politicians put them in. We saw this in George W Bush. After a steady decline of our country not only economically but also in so many other ways and, at the end of his first term, these ignorant voters put Bush right back into office. This irrational thinking on the part of those voters led to Bush enacting more flawed policies that led to the greatest recession our country has every seen. The same voters have seen Romney do a lot more lying that Bush did, constant flip-flopping, failure to release adequate years of tax returns, disowning 47% of Americans, threatening to voucherize Social Security and Medicare, wanting to start more wars with Iran and Syria, on and on and on. But despite all that, right-wing trolls are determined to get old Black Obama out of the White House. It had nothing to do with the economy because the economy is getting better. It always and only has to do with the “Kenyan (code for Black)” man in the White House.

  • tacticalonly

    Excellent summation of the seriously, non-reality based thinking that I’ve seen evidenced by the GOP in recent years. They re-write the reality to become their reality. “Obama wasn’t bipartisan in his approach to Congress”. Really? When after he was elected, the GOP leadership swore that he would be a one term president and did EVERYTHING possible to block any measure that he endorsed?? He’s not bipartisan in HIS approach??