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"As a result, they believed the public/media polls were skewed - they thought those polls oversampled Democrats and didn’t reflect Republican enthusiasm."
CBS News reports that the very top levels of the Romney campaign actually believed the conservative media’s bullshit about “unskewed polls.” That shocks me. I can understand publicly saying you think the polls are biased against you in order to rev up the base. But internally, you have to have some grip on reality.
"The groups on whom Obama depended are the ones that are growing; white men, the core Republican constituency, are a shrinking minority…. The future of the Grand Old Party will be determined by how well it adapts to the brand new Liberal America — indeed the Obama America — that is now here to stay."
"Precisely because of the consequences of Carter’s failure, Obama was the more daring in making his go/no-go decision. That’s the case I argued last year, and nothing I’ve learned since then changes my view. As a college student, Obama had seen a marginally popular Democratic president come to ruin because he approved a helicopter-based secret mission into hostile Middle Eastern terrain. Obama went ahead with a helicopter-based secret mission into nominally “allied” territory, also with huge potential for trouble if things had gone wrong."