Please, please don’t take the thread title as insulting; I genuinely cannot think of a different way to phrase my topic. Up front I’ll admit to being a biased observer when in comes to American politics (favor Obama/Dems), so perhaps I’m not being fully objective in this thread. And of course I’ll concede people will naturally see an election differently depending on personal political beliefs. If you want to dismiss this for these reasons alone, fine, but I am honestly interested in what conservatives think on this topic.
I think some conservative supporters have reached a point that they are willing to construct an alternate reality that doesn’t match up with the facts on the ground; they have moved beyond merely hoping McCain will pull it out despite evidence to the contrary and have developed a whole world-view that simply assuming as dogma a short-term victory by McCain and the current conservative cause in general. Evidence:
[li]Hugh Hewitt is shopping a book entitled “How Sarah Palin Won the Election… And Saved America.” Now, folks may counter that Gwen Ifill’s upcoming book “Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama” is just as presumptive, but her book is about changing race dynamics in American politics, not a bold prediction of Obama’s victory.[/li][li]Recent post-debate coverage on Fox News includes a viewer phone poll to answer the question “Who Won the Debate?”. Whatever your opinion on the question, similar polls by other networks have shown these debates as either a tie or pro-Obama/Biden. Fox news viewers scored this past Tuesday’s debate 86-12 in favor of McCain; there were similar numbers for last Thursday’s VP debate. I know of no similar poll that scored any debate this season with Obama winning by ~75 points.[/li][li]The whole anti-media frenzy on the left–from McCain complaining about “gotcha” journalism to supporters at a Palin rally hurling vulgar insults at cordoned-off reporters–sounds a lot like the usual “I’m not crazy, it’s everyone else who’s crazy” response from folks who’ve lost touch with reality.[/li][/ul]
My wife mentioned something the other night after the debate (and our first look at the hilarious poll on Fox News) that the right wing has spent so much time talking to each other over the past few years that they lost track of what really matters to most Americans.
I know there are plenty of diehards on the left as well, but really, I just don’t think it compares to the delusion going on right now with the redstate base. I’m interested in opinions: Are a substantial portion of right-wing supporters out of touch with reality?