Why Do Republicans Think They Are Entitled To Their Own Facts?

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While the vote counting isn’t quite finished as of now it stands at Obama 60,662,174 to Romney 57.820,742.

For more fun, read Salon’s play-by-play description of Karl Rove’s meltdown on Fox News last night.

If you didn’t get to see it, Rove’s attempt to overturn Fox’s 11:15 P.M. call of Ohio and the election was completely nuts. First of all, co-anchors Kelly and Bret Baier were caught by surprise when a graphic went up announcing that Obama had been reelected. You could almost feel the disapproval emanating from Brit Hume, who may be a right-winger but is a genuine newsman and a TV professional. Then Rove, getting increasingly hot under the collar, began to protest that unnamed sources in the Romney camp weren’t happy about this, and that the president’s margin in Ohio was disappearing. This led Kelly to wander through a backstage corridor with a cameraman in tow, like a character in a backstage drama or reality show, in order to confront the statistics wonks at the “decision desk,” or at least to escape from Rove’s blather about whether the outstanding votes from Hamilton County, Ohio, were or were not from the city of Cincinnati.

In the end, Fox News showed its true character by blaming the Republican loss on minorities.  Bill O’Reilly said, on the air, “The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore. …  the white establishment is now the minority. … And the voters, many of them, feel that this economic system is stacked against them, and they want stuff. You’re going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way.”

So the Republicans deny evolution, climate change, same sex marriage, equal rights for women and now apparently they are also seeking to deny basic arithmetic.  Apparently one plus one no longer equals two if your name is Karl Rove or Donald Trump.

By the way, here’s some numbers via Huffington Post:

  • Total money spent by Obama and the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA:$853 million
  • Total money spent by Romney and the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future: $752.3 million
  • (PBS’s annual budget – $530 million)
  • Total money raised by those super PACs: $661 million
  • Money given to conservative super PACs by the family of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson: $54 million
  • Money spent on negative ads attacking Romney: $295 million
  • Money spent on negative ads attacking Obama: $351 million
  • Number of super PAC donors who’ve given at least half a million dollars this cycle: 209
  • Number of political ads run to support or oppose either presidential candidate since June 1: 1,015,615

Regardless of which party you follow, some of these numbers are obscene.

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11 thoughts on “Why Do Republicans Think They Are Entitled To Their Own Facts?

  1. mumphLT

    Nice work by the phuqwit O’Reilly – basically saying anyone not a white male is a lazy scrounger.

    The guy is a cunt.

    1. Spike Post author

      My memory isn’t great on this but I seem to recall that there was something approaching campaign reform and spending or donation limits awhile ago. And then someone came up with this whole Super PAC thing as a way to avoid those limits. The U.S. seems to be a country of loopholes.

  2. Skippy-san

    Connor Friedsdorf did a real good piece on the Atlantic Web site noting how the echo chamber of the Right Wing meida is keeping them from understanding hard truths.

  3. Fred

    Of course the reps are entitled their own facts, after all they are the moneyed elite and the makers and creators of a superior USof A.

    Delusional, all of them!

  4. PCC

    The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to free speech. The Supreme Court has determined that placing limits on political advertising is an abridgement of that right.

    One way or the other, in any non-military dictatorship (and even in many of those), money is the lifeblood of politics. Well-meaning attempts to restrict money’s influence on politics are naive and futile. In a democracy, it is a much better idea to focus on require full and immediate disclosure of all campaign contributions with severe penalties for non-disclosure. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

    As for obscene numbers, I’m not sure what the author is referring to. The U.S. still spends a lot more on persuading people which beer to drink or toothpaste to buy than it spends on trying to persuade them who to vote for.

    But then, it is the trademark of so-called liberals to know what’s best for everyone else and to feel no compunction whatsoever in imposing their views accordingly.

    1. Spike Post author

      “But then, it is the trademark of so-called liberals to know what’s best for everyone else and to feel no compunction whatsoever in imposing their views accordingly.” Apparently your view regarding the right to free speech no longer applies if the person speaking is someone you identify as a liberal.

      “As for obscene numbers, I’m not sure what the author is referring to. The U.S. still spends a lot more on persuading people which beer to drink or toothpaste to buy than it spends on trying to persuade them who to vote for.” Oddly enough, I see a difference between a tube of toothpaste and democracy.

  5. Skippy-san

    Money is not free speech-corporations are not people. Those who subscribe to that line of thinking have no good understanding of what the Constitution and the precedents of 200 years say. Citizens United was a devastating abridgment of the intent and letter of the law, and my sincere hope is that it will be overturned.

    Six billion total was spent on this election. If you don’t think that is obscene-you don’t know what obscene is.

  6. henry

    Obama, and after him, Hilary, are gonna have their hands very full. I wouldn’t plan on a trouble free retirement.

  7. mumphLT

    I read a piece on Slate basically saying the Right Wing media makes money whilst the Right Wing is out of power.

    The right wing of course is stupid enough to not see this. They just keep drinking the cool aid and blaming ‘liberals’.

    Incidentally right wingers (I know, you are all getting old now and dying off), liberals are common folk who want to get on but strangely enough actually care about other people too.

    If this is hard for you to understand – you will never get back into power.

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