Maureen Dowd, at the New York Times this weekend, on Republican apologists on election night, November 6, 2012:
Republicans and Fox News have excelled at conjuring alternate realities. But this time, they made the mistake of believing their fake world actually existed. As Fox’s Megyn Kelly said to Karl Rove on election night, when he argued against calling Ohio for Obama: “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?”
Karl Rove is an atheist, but when it comes to the Republican Party, he reasons, spins, and rationalizes exactly like a religious fundamentalist or cultist.
Or worse, a lawyer.
Fortunately, at least for the next four years, the “epistemic closure” infection has been isolated to within the Republican Party. The persistent bad faith and propaganda static from the far right will be a bit less in the collective national air than it would have been had Romney won.
As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s something I’ll be adding to my list of things for which I’m thankful.