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|Written by Chet|
I'm completely baffled at some of the things I'm hearing from my right wing friends. Real friends and Facebook friends. All friends on the right.
I'm blown away by the number of them that are stunned -- shocked, I say! -- that Mittens Romney didn't win in a landslide. They had read in the Grand Forks Herald and other in-state newspapers whose editors and writers had been hypnotized by Fox "News" and the SayAnythingBlawg that Romney was a sure bet, Berg was up by 10 points and the sun was going to come up in the West. Drudge told them Romney by a mile. Rush Limbaugh had called the race late Monday night. But, most importantly, Fox News said Romney was going to get over 300 electoral votes, guaranteed. "Romney had the national popular vote tied up," said every Fox News commentator ever. Surely he was going to win.
And then they woke up Wednesday morning and their whole house of cards had collapsed.
"Heitkamp won? That muslin guy won?!? Nooooooooo!!!!"
Well, if this describes you, there's a letter written to you in the Grand Forks Herald today:
GRAND FORKS — On Tuesday, the electorate chose between two very different paths for America. It’s clear the direction the country wants to follow is the Democratic plan of President Barack Obama.
Not only did the country re-elect the president by the wide margin (332 to 206 electoral votes), but both the Senate and House also gained Democratic seats. Tea party candidates around the country lost, including Rick Berg. And in Berg’s case, he lost despite having not only a wealth of outside money but also Forum Communications’ consistent effort to get him elected.
GF Herald (LTE from Douglas Hiney, Jr.)
Mike Jacobs, Jack Zaleski, Brian Kroshus, Rob Port and the rest of the radical right-wing foil hat wearing set would be well served to read the rest of Hiney's letter, too.
But I've got some additional advice for these men. (All men, too, I might add.):
I could go on, but I won't. They'll get my drift.
I also gotta share part of an email exchange I had with a friend on Monday. I'm not going to "out" her here. She can identify herself if she wants; it doesn't really change the message if she does, I think. She sent me a note that included this:
So, I just read 538 about our senate race and it said we’re assured for the republicans by 2 points. That totally depressed me. Talk me down from the ledge.
538 -- for those of you who don't know -- is the fivethirtyeight political blog written by Nate Silver, at the New York Times. He's (usually) a spot-on pollitical poll analyst. I wasn't sure what the "2 points" business was about, because Silver had Berg winning by over 5 points, in his last statistical model, but I responded at 2:24 p.m., on Monday before the election:
Nate uses the two shitty polls the Fargo Forum had done by a marketing polling firm that doesn’t do political polling. Their polls suck.
[Worthwhile polls] show the “point in time” numbers at the end of last week were Berg 47% and Heidi 46%, with independents (7%) breaking Heidi’s way at a fairly significant rate. Importantly, our GOTV effort has been really solid, and many more of Heidi’s strong supporers voted early, roughly 60%/40%.
It’s a really close race, but Heidi can win it.
My only fear is the SuperPAC
(Pardon my French. Admittedly, I got interrupted with five other things, didnt finish my thought about the SuperPAC, and then I hit the "send" button. Oops. If anybody cares what my unfinished thought was, let me know, and I'll try to resurrect it, as best I can. But it might also be obvious to some of you.)That's where my head was on Monday at 2:24 p.m.
And here's her response at 2:32 p.m.:
Thanks for the info. I’m officially off suicide watch.
Before Mike Jacobs' foil hat melts, I should note my friend was kidding; she was not actually on suicide watch. (It's ridiculous that I actually have to make that clear.)
For the record, that's also where my head was as I arrived at the "War Room" (pictured above) on Tuesday morning, before the polls opened. I believed it was going to be close, but I believed Heidi was going to win by about a point. And that is exactly how it turned out.
Okay, one last thing. (Again.) I gotta share a rumor I've been hearing about the Rick Berg camp. I've heard the Berg camp and the NRSC were so confident Berg was going to run away with the election, that they redirected some or all of their GOTV phone calls to a race in some other state -- Michigan, perhaps -- before noon on Tuesday. Or some time on Tuesday, though I'd heard it was before noon. That's how confident they are rumored to have been. I wonder if that really happened. I also wonder whether the math genius who made that call -- a Karl Rove protégé, perhaps -- still has a job, if it happened. And, if so, whether he was allowed to wear his foil hat to work on Wednesday.
Where was your head on Tuesday morning? How about Wednesday afternoon? Did it have a foil hat, too?