Romney and the Republican’s Imagination
Joe Klein has a great piece up, The Imaginary Campaign
After years spent reporting on the Bush Administration, Ron Suskind began to understand one of its core flaws when he spoke to a senior adviser to the president who disparaged what he called “the reality-based community.” The adviser’s full quotation is deservedly famous. “When we act, we create our own reality,” he said. “And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
That mindset had its benefits. “George W. Bush and his team have constructed a high-performance electoral engine,” Suskind explained. “The soul of this new machine is the support of millions of likely voters, who judge his worth based on intangibles — character, certainty, fortitude and godliness — rather than on what he says or does.” Much of the right stopped valuing reasoned debate or empiricism. As a result, huge swaths of an excessively loyal right-of-center GOP coalition supported numerous policies it would later look back on in bemused horror.
Friedersdorf goes on to say that the the conservative movement and the Republican Party won’t be able to get it’s act together until it is purged of it’s disdain for realty and facts. This is the same thing that is going on with the imaginary President and electorate.