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Entertaining Republican deep denial and delusions…all the way up to the top

They really did believe that they were going to win…was it all just a dream? Take a look at what Taegan Goddard found (protect thy keyboards):

It appears Mitt Romney’s campaign prepared a transition site in the event that he won.”

President Romney – Believe in America: Smaller. Simpler. Smarter.

Click over to see more screencaps of what might have have been, including a precious page indicating that appointees will have their finances “reviewed and scrutinized.”

Meanwhile, Karl Rove, trying to find a way to divert attention from the $400 million his American Crossroads blew during the election of ads and efforts that yielded nothing of consequence, has decided the reason for the GOP failure was that…Obama suppressed the vote.

GOP strategist Karl Rove went on Fox News today to argue that President Barack Obama “succeeded by suppressing the vote” — an argument that directly contradicts the conventional wisdom that Romney failed to appeal to non-white and female voters.

Rove argued that Obama won with a smaller popular vote and a smaller margin of victory than in the 2008 election against Sen. John McCain. Instead of expanding voters, Rove argued, Obama “suppressed the vote” by demonizing former Gov. Mitt Romney and encouraging people not to vote.

“President Obama has become the first president in history to win a second term with a smaller percentage of the vote than he did in the first term,” Rove said.

Have you stopped laughing yet?

Perhaps my favorite clueless post-mortem is by self-described  “cosmopolitan conservative,” Matt K. Lewis, who admits the GOP’s f*cked up re: wooing Latinos, but he still can’t wrap his mind around the fact that the Republican party is on the losing side of marriage equality.

Of course, it’s not just about modernity and being cosmopolitan. It’s also about taking a hard look at what conservatism actually means. An obvious place to start is with Latinos. It’s pretty obvious Republicans can’t win national elections by losing 70 percent of the nation’s fastest-growing demographic. But here’s the good news: There is nothing inherently conservative about being anti-immigrant. We are a nation of immigrants. As I’ve argued before, there are plenty of non-electoral reasons for conservatives to favor more legal Latino immigration. For example, immigrating is the most entrepreneurial thing a person can do.

…”A tougher issue, but one that should be discussed, is gay marriage. Some conservatives say it’s time for the GOP to back same-sex weddings. Marriage, after all, is a conservative institution, and can have a salutary impact on the lives of anyone, gay or straight. Others strongly disagree. Most conservatives I know are completely comfortable with the notion of civil unions. Nobody thinks that you shouldn’t be allowed to legally designate anyone you want for hospital visitation, etc. But there is a real concern about redefining marriage. There is a sense — and it may be semantic — that “marriage” is a special union between one man and one woman. This is clearly an issue that Republicans will have to wrestle with.”


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