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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:36 PM

It is absolutely astonishing that Romney and the GOP [View all]

failed to see what was coming at them. It now appears that they really, really believed they would win. Not just that they had a good chance to win, or that they would probably win, but that they would win for sure, and by an enormous, historic landslide. They were so convinced of this that Romney didn't even write a just-in-case concession speech; his transition web site actually got published; and he had a big-ass fireworks display all set to go to celebrate the awesome gloriousness of Mitt Romney.

Then the bubble popped, and they - especially Karl Rove, bless his heart - were caught on national TV with their pants around their ankles and poleaxed "WTF just happened?" expressions on their faces. And then they cancelled all their credit cards before the campaign workers could even use them for cab fare home.

Why the hell would any party or candidate behave this way? Why would they not want to track every single poll, not just the ones that favored them? Why would they not want to analyze objectively the demographics and characteristics of every single square inch of the country? Why would they not want to watch and analyze what the opposition was up to? Wouldn't you want to know where and with whom you were polling well and where you were not so you could focus your efforts appropriately? Or did they think they were polling so well with everybody (except the free-stuff-wanting lower classes who were too lazy or stoned to vote anyhow) that they could just assume an easy win?

Were they so swallowed up by the ideological bubble they created with the eager help of Fox and Limbaugh that they had become incapable of considering the possibility that there were some morsels of truth that didn't square with what they wanted to believe? Even if they knew Rove had arranged for some kind of vote-flipping scheme in OH (which might explain his weird behavior when OH was called for Obama), how can they have been so completely and stupidly certain Romney would win? Was it that Romney, having lived his entire life swaddled in wealth and privilege and power and having been able to buy almost everything he wanted, just couldn't imagine that the black guy who came from nowhere (maybe Kenya?) could whup his ass?

It's bizarre. I think this election really is one for the history books. I eagerly await the release more "Game Change" - type tell-all publications. It sure would be interesting to find out what those idiots were thinking.

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