Rachel Maddow's report on Republicans' decision to row down Denial River and pretend like losing is really winning is long, and worth every minute. From the Whig Party to the RINOs, Maddow takes a deep dive into the Republican pathology dictating their current strategy.
You have to love the purity trolls pushing all of their viable candidates out the door. As Maddow notes, there's not really much in the way of policy differences between Chris Christie and Ken Cuccinelli, but Christie has perfected the art of pretending he's playing nice with others while he shoves a knife in their back. He's just as anti-woman, anti-abortion, anti-gay, and pro-oppression and discrimination as Cuccinelli. He just doesn't hang it all out there for everyone to see.
Republicans are lining themselves up now for the 2014 elections. Lindsey Graham introduced a 20-week abortion ban which has no chance of going anywhere, but will definitely energize women to work against his re-election and further stigmatize the GOP in the eyes of independents. In Graham's view, “It’s worth having this debate. The more people understand what we’re trying to do, the more public support will grow over time."
Reality Planet to Lindsey Graham, come in Lindsey. Women, especially single women, turned out overwhelmingly to defeat the proponent of that very same debate in Virginia. Listen to Rachel Maddow. She'll explain it if you're having trouble with it.
Marco Rubio would take Graham's 20-week ban one step further down Ideologue Lane by not only forcing the mother to give birth to a severely ill or disabled child, but also making sure that same mother doesn't have any access to health care.
Which brings me to the final GOP Pathway to Irrelevance.
Obamacare is a non-starter. Once again, Maddow hammers home the polling which shows approval for Obamacare is on the rise despite 24/7 nonstop kicking and screaming with full approval of their Fox News and CNN megaphones. As approval for Obamacare rises, viewership for those media outlets plummets.
Republicans, you can keep flogging that dead horse, but the bottom line here is that more voters live in reality than you do.
Albert Einstein defined Republican reality-deniers quite well: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Keep on playing to that base, Republicans, and you'll get the same results and we'll get the House back so we can get some things done.