Will Republicans’ Election Day encounter with reality put them more in touch with reality on global warming, evolution and whether women who are raped get pregnant?
Don’t count on it. Denial is a powerful habit.
In the election’s aftermath, it is clear that the Romney-Republican-Rove-Fox echo chamber fell victim to their own spin. That’s why they were shocked at losing.
Dick Morris about got the electoral-vote count right. But he had Romney winning with over 320 electoral votes. So did George Will. So did a lot of other smart Republican pundits and pollsters.
One polling firm, you recall, quit polling Florida and North Carolina two weeks out because it was clear Romney would win both states overwhelmingly. Hello?
Live on Fox Election Night, Karl Rove denied that reality was happening.
Romney himself was so gobsmacked that he has since lurched from one rationalization to another: It was Obama’s “gifts” to various groups. It was the Republican debates. It was the liberal media.
How about this, Mitt: Your campaign got beat by Team Obama at the very data-and-technology game that business people like you are supposed to be good at.
The evidence that Obama would win was there. Public Policy Polling had it. Nate Silver had it. Dozens of state polls had it. But they were all telling the Echo Chamber what it didn’t want to hear.
Ignorance was its own reward.
Maybe now Republicans will face facts and science on issues important to the future.