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Gayle in MD
09-28-2012, 12:44 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Michael Tomasky on the GOPís Self-Delusion Syndrome

by Michael Tomasky Sep 27, 2012 4:45 AM EDT


With Obamaís lead in several swing states becoming insurmountable, the right has begun to panicóby denying reality altogether.





What a fantastic last two weeks these have been. I donít even mean Barack Obama solidifying his lead over Mitt Romney, although thatís perfectly fine. No, I mean the near-mathematically perfect joy of watching these smug and contemptible creatures of the right dodge and swerve and make excuses and, most of all, whine. There is no joy in the kingdom of man so great as the joy of seeing bullies and hucksters laid low, and watching people who have arrogantly spent years assuming they were right about the world living to see all those haughty assumptions die before their eyes. Watching them squirm is more fun than watching Romney and Paul Ryan flail away.

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I loved the initial reaction to the famous videotape. Problem? Are you kidding? This is just what weíve been waiting for! This will help Romney, it was said; finally, we have Mitt unchained, Mitt raw, Mitt the truth-teller. Now he can just charge out there and do more of this, and in no time the nation will be putty in our hands! And just you wait for the next polls.

Well, the polls have started to come, and they portend total disaster. Americans donít turn out to like a heartlessly cruel Social Darwinian articulation of the national condition that by the by calls half the population worthless. Huh. Go figure.


But is this a problem? Of course not! There is an explanation for this too: The polls are wrong! All of them. Except of course Rasmussen, that rock of right-minded methodological certitude jutting out from the ocean of relativist corruption. Iíd like a nickel but would settle happily for a penny for every tweet Iíve seen in the last couple of weeks from a conservative braying about a given pollís sample.


There are loads of them but the gold medalist of this event by far is Dick Morris, who sits there on the Fox set like a betumored walrus on an ice floe assuring his viewers not to worry. His riff to Sean Hannity Monday night, a night when everyone else saw that Obamaís lead was getting comfortable-to-the-point-of-insurmountable, is worth quoting at some length: ď[Romney] is at the moment in a very strong position. I believe if the election were held today Romney would win by four or five points. I believe he would carry Florida, Ohio, Virginia. I believe he would carry Nevada. I believe he would carry Pennsylvania.Ē Even Hannity at this point interjected, ďOh, come on.Ē But on Morris went. He knew of a private poll in Pennsylvania, ďby a group that Iíve hired in the past,Ē that had Romney two points behind.


ďPeople need to understand,Ē he continued, ďthat the polling this year is the worst itís ever been. Because this is the first election where if I tell you whoís gonna vote, I can tell you how youíre gonna vote.Ē He went on to say that polls are assuming a six- or seven-point Democratic edge, and he assumes a three-point edge.


First of all, what was the Democratic edge in 2008? Uh, seven points. Second, while he is correct that the polls are showing strong Democratic advantages, theyíre doing so because thatís how people are identifying themselves to pollsters. In fact, Stan Greenberg noted last Friday, Republicans lost five points in voter identification in a month. This is not bad poll sampling. Itís reality. And while itís true that todayís numbers might overstate what will be the case on Nov. 6, the way things are going, they just might be understating them.



Itís not lies with which Limbaugh and Morris are now coming face-to-face. Itís the truth. Americans like Barack Obama. They donít like Romney. And they really donít like Ryan.



But noónow, the mere fact of poll-taking is ďa subtle means of Republican voter suppression,Ē as Simon Maloy put it over at Media Matters. And the latest whineóthis cupboard somehow never runs bareóis that conservatives donít like taking polls. So said Scott Walker to Fox on Wednesday. Yes, of course! Because conservatives are people of action, busy people, who have neither the time (like the indolent 47 percenters) nor the inclination to accept phone calls from lamestream media pollsters. Honestly. Scott Walker canít really believe this.

And finally, the last refuge of these scoundrels, bashing the librul media. Did you catch Rush Limbaughís pathetic rant on Tuesday after the famous blown interception call? Packer fans should just shake it off, he said, because the true aggrieved party is conservatives: ďWeíre lied about every day. The media gets it wrong on purpose against us every day. Now, I think itís a good analogy.Ē

Itís a ridiculous analogy, and itís not lies with which Limbaugh and Morris and their ilk are now coming face-to-face. Itís the truth. Americans like Barack Obama. They donít like Mitt Romney. They really donít like Paul Ryan. And they donít want any part of the ideology of callousness and make-believe facts and pigheaded warmongeringóand economic crisis and big deficits and all of thatóthat the Republicans are peddling. Of course these people will never come to terms with all that. But right now, boys, youíre running out of targets, and excuses.

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eg8r
09-28-2012, 05:17 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">What a fantastic last two weeks these have been. I donít even mean Barack Obama solidifying his lead over Mitt Romney,</div></div>I know this has nothing to do wtih the subject but seriously, if the author is going to lie right out of the gate what is the point of trusting anything else he might say? Barak hasn't solidified anything if we are to believe the lefties on this site. Barack hasn't done anything, it has been Romney shooting himself in the foot. This is not just an issue of semantics, they are two completely different things.

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Soflasnapper
09-28-2012, 05:31 PM
Ok, I have no problem with stating that the Ritt Momney campaign is solidifying their currently losing position to Obama. However, and it is surely true, the $150 million or whatever it is spent by Obama have both trashed the Momney brand further, and promoted himself as well. So Obama is helping Momney with his losing.

"It's like a nightmare, isn't it? It just keeps getting worse."

-- The Color of Money, from Vincent to Keith McCready, after Keith had told him the same thing earlier, not knowing Vincent was laying down on purpose