Conservatives should be familiar with its contours. For years, they’ve been arguing that liberal control of media and academia confers one advantage: Folks on the right can’t help but be familiar with the thinking of liberals, whereas leftists can operate entirely within a liberal cocoon. This analysis was offered to explain why liberal ideas were growing weaker and would be defeated […]
Conservatives were at a disadvantage because Romney supporters like Jennifer Rubin and Hugh Hewitt saw it as their duty to spin constantly for their favored candidate rather than being frank about his strengths and weaknesses. What conservative Washington Post readers got, when they traded in Dave Weigel for Rubin, was a lot more hackery and a lot less informed about the presidential election.
Conservatives were at an information disadvantage because so many right-leaning outlets wasted time on stories the rest of America dismissed as nonsense. WorldNetDaily brought you birtherism.Forbes brought you Kenyan anti-colonialism. National Review obsessed about an imaginary rejection of American exceptionalism, misrepresenting an Obama quote in the process, and Andy McCarthy was interviewed widely about his theory that Obama, aka the Drone Warrior in Chief, allied himself with our Islamist enemies in a “Grand Jihad” against America. Seriously?
Conor Friedersdorf has more here. Do read the whole thing.
I was wrong in my prediction that Romney would win, but only because I hadn’t been paying attention to the most recent jobs reports. Unemployment rates are low enough for Obama to win re-election. So my overall point that the economy trumps everything else is still spot on. Can you imagine Obama winning re-election with unemployment at 8.5%? Me neither.
The GOP could have taken a lesson from Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, though, and realized that while Americans respect wealthy people more than most other societies, such respect hardly ever translates into political success (rich people already boss us around at work, why would we want them bossing us around in the political arena as well?).
And, in case you are wondering, I didn’t vote. If I had, I would have voted for Gary Johnson, “no” to tax increases and “yes” to abolishing the death penalty.