Yes. A Liberal Cocoon.

Item 1 — Mr. Glenn Harlan Reynolds:

That’s no secret in the Obama era, of course, as the press’s efforts to boost, and then protect, the presidency of Barack Obama have become ever more obvious. But it’s still worth pointing out. It’s a problem for America, and it’s a problem for people on the right. But it’s probably a bigger problem for people with whom the media agree. That’s because they wind up living in a bubble, protected from contrary views, which means that they are perpetually caught by surprise when reality asserts itself.

Item 2, by the same not-at-all cocooned gentleman:

OBAMA IS DOING FINE: President Barack Obama is rapidly losing support among African-American voters in North Carolina, a new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows. [Features uncritical link to story breathlessly announcing that 20% of North Carolina's African-American voters intend to vote for Romney. I swear.]

Item 3:

Both threats fizzled. In North Carolina, 96 percent of blacks voted for Obama.

In conclusion, it’s really tragic how liberals delude themselves by limiting themselves to useless, farcically biased news sources.

As a bonus, for those who prefer undiluted delusional wingnuttery to the greasy passive-aggressive Reynolds version, the good Roger Ailes finds this classic from Mr. Hillbuzz, the man who will be running the campaign of the woman Democrats are very, very scared will be the Republican nominee in 2016:

The hacks and Obama cultists who comprise Minitru so desperately want Barack Obama to be reelected that they’re publishing fan faction in once-reputable papers and outright lying to viewers on the tee-vee. This election will be the end of Minitru’s last remaining credibility…with anger actually coming from all sides, since lefties will be furious that things turned out nothing like Nate Silver, in particular, repeatedly assured them. The Left is going to eat its own in the coming months and a lot of heads will roll. I personally don’t think MSNBC will even exist by the time of the next presidential election because its viewers will be so furious that no one on that propaganda channel warned them this would happen. Already we’ve seen the complete and total disappearance of Oprah Winfrey from the face of the Earth, still smarting from the blowback she received from her former viewers who hold her partly accountable for Obama’s election in the first place. Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow will see their own fans turn on them soon, with a great many Hollywood stars such as Eva Longoria and Beyonce paying a high price in years ahead for being so closely associated with the Obamas.

Amazingly, this crackpot rant goes on for thousands of more words. I particularly treasure #3 (“All of them believe in Nate Silver the way toddlers believe in Santa Claus…only I guarantee you that November 6th isn’t going to be like Christmas morning for these people. Nate Silver’s predictions are bunk and everyone on the Left who clung to them to hold their mental health together the last few months are going to turn on him in an instant when Mitt Romney wins the election in a landslide,”) but it’s all pure comic gold.

104 comments on this post.
  1. c u n d gulag:

    Maybe, if the great Luis Buñuel was still alive, this is what it would be like in his newest film, when a movie projectionist puts on the film for the audience, only to realize that the subject of the film is himself.

    Projection is the ONLY thing our Modern Conservatives do at all well.

  2. MAJeff:

    Ah, Mr. Hillbuzz. The craziest homocon since Roy Cohn. Makes the Homosexuals Against Gays at GOProud look like the Gay Liberation Front.

  3. Todd:

    OK, but 4% is 20% of 20%, which is pretty close really. At least for a non-pupa.

  4. Both Sides Do It:

    You’d think someone who uses “Minitru” that often would be aware of the concept of doublethink

  5. RedSquareBear:

    I think someone should ask him for an apology. One to Nate Silver and one to the rest of us.

    Is this what Billy Bennett meant by the death of shame?

    I think it is.

  6. thebewilderness:

    Still busy as a bumblebee creating his own reality and catapulting the propaganda I see.

  7. TT:

    Hell hath no fury like a winger scorned. Wasn’t it just a scant two years ago that Nate Silver’s Gay Math predicted major GOP gains?

  8. Incontinentia Buttocks:

    But at least he’s uncloseted. Small progress, I know, but progress nonetheless.

  9. Clark:

    How dare you use Reynolds’ previous words against him.

  10. Johnny Sack:

    Yeah the uh liberal media has been in bed with the president from day one. Jesus I can’t even type that with a straight face. The beauty of asinine phrases like liberal media is that it works as a signaling mechanism that tells me who to not take seriously.

  11. SatanicPanic:

    Skip ahead to Nov 7th and Mr DuJan says:

    The Left is much stronger than we thought.

    This is a sickening and horrible shock.

    HA HA

  12. Bijan Parsia:

    The past is part of the liberal cocoon, hence you can’t trust it.

  13. Surreal American:

    I do have concerns from time to time that I’m ensconced in a liberal echo chamber. However everytime I check in on those “across the aisle”, I find that they’re veering back and forth between completely mistaken and barking mad.

  14. J.W. Hamner:

    You can really distinguish the pro from amateur crackpots (like the unskewed polls guy) in that the former glom to conspiracies that cannot be falsified. If Romney wins it proves the Minitru was lying to us this whole time and if Obama wins it proves that Minitru’s lies were more powerful then we ever imagined.

  15. djw:

    Kevin DuJan’s live-blogging of election night is pretty spectacular. You can watch reality slowly sink in, but there’s a stretch where he’s telling everyone to calm down, it’s going to be OK, because the CLEVELAND vote is going to save Ohio for Romney.

  16. Bijan Parsia:

    It’s hard to guess the long run, but the unskewed polls guy pulled back quite sanely when proved wrong. He even apologized for his gay bashy attack on Silver.

    But then it’s back to nuttiness. Oh well.

  17. BikeCrasher:

    “This is great stuff. I could make a career out of this guy! You see how clever his part is? How it doesn’t require a shred of proof? Most paranoid delusions are intricate, but this is brilliant!”
    Dr. Silberman

  18. Malaclypse:

    This warms the cockles of my heart.

  19. Hogan:

    There may be such a thing as too much Schadenfreude, but I ain’t there yet.

  20. RedSquareBear:

    Quoting someone is giving into the pervasive liberal bias of the Academy and teh MSM!

  21. Jason:

    I got quite a bit of schadenfreude out of that as well.

  22. RedSquareBear:

    It really is the only honest joy, isn’t it?

  23. DrDick:

    This is what happens when you create your own reality. They have a name for it in the DSM-IV.

  24. DrDick:

    It does, however, represent an almost mythic level of self-loathing.

  25. djw:

    The last two weeks have been instructive and a bit humbling; my appetite for Schadenfreude has turned out to be far, far vaster than I ever would have imagined. I don’t recall having a particularly voracious appetite for it in 2006 or 2008.

  26. Clark:

    Gingrich, Trump, Morris, etc. Rightwingers clearly have no shame left.

  27. djw:

    Seems pretty unhinged. And yet, according to the LA Times, he’s the man whose steady hand and sound judgment will guide Sarah Palin to the Oval Office in 2016.

  28. Malaclypse:

    But in 2008, the “bookmark it, libtards!” guy was one dude trolling Sadly, No! This time around, it was flipping everybody. I don’t recall ever seeing so many being so wrong so loudly ever before, and that makes the shadenfreude all the tastier.

  29. ploeg:

    I don’t know that my appetite has changed all that much, but when I see so many people bent over with huge KICK ME signs posted on their hindquarters, it seems churlish to refuse.

  30. NonyNony:

    I don’t recall having a particularly voracious appetite for it in 2006 or 2008.

    For me at least part of it comes from the candidate.

    I don’t know what it is – I didn’t like John McCain all that much in 2008. But I didn’t take a lot of pleasure from him getting stomped. I was happy that the country had rejected the Republicans, but was indifferent about their rejection of McCain.

    This year on the other hand I take great joy in the thought that Romney was handed his ass election night. Like if I could personally have been there to hand him the news so I could (metaphorically) drink his tears, I would have. And that bleeds over into my feelings toward the people who became die-hard Romney fanbois over the last year.

  31. MAJeff:

    Yeah. Having been an MA resident during Willard’s tenure, and a gay resident at that, I loathe him in a way that I couldn’t McCain. I truly hate Willard Romney. I wanted to be in the room when he was told he wouldn’t get the oval office. I wanted to rub his face in the knowledge that he would never occupy the office he thought he was entitled to. It’d be almost as good as feeding Ann Romney her own horse.

  32. STH:

    I guarantee you that November 6th isn’t going to be like Christmas morning for these people.

    No, it was much, much better than that.

  33. Craigo:

    I felt the same way – though in my case I thought it was lingering affection from the 2000-2001 era McCain, who, while not making any pretense of not being an asshole, was at least being an asshole to people I opposed.

  34. Rob in Buffalo:

    The Hillbuzz freakout is funny but that short Reynolds piece is the greatest thing ever. I’m not sure Reynolds has ever been shown up so thoroughly (and succinctly).

  35. Craigo:

    Is there anyway to read this goodness without actually, you know, viewing his blog?

  36. ploeg:

    The circumstances also had something to do with it. The financial collapse happened when Bush was overseeing the financial system (or not), but there were certain Wall Street Democrats who had their fair share of responsibility for the debacle, and in any case, there was a huge mess to clean up and we had to get started. Four years of scorched earth tactics against any credible way to jump start the economy tends to change one’s attitude toward the not-so-loyal opposition.

  37. Richard:

    Reading his election night blog is really quite scary. He goes from ultimate confidence (Romney is going to win many Democratic states, the Dems are already coming up with excuses,the Obama people are visibly shaking, its going to be a landslide) to factually insane (Georgia has gone for Romney but Nate Silver said that Obama would carry it), to somewhat worried (please Cleveland, please Cleveland, I know you can do it Cleveland), to a little dismay (its going to end up in the courts because its so close) to shock (Ohio has gone for Obama, I’m stunned) and then silence.

  38. Anonymous:

    Urgh. I got sucked into the comments. They are … like no comments section I have ever entered before.

  39. Hogan:

    From the ObamaPhone website:

    Safelink Wireless, the largest cellphone provider of the Lifeline program and a subsidiary of Tracfone, was created under the administration of George William Bush which received grants from a company that was launched during the Bill Clinton’s time and it was done because of an act passed by President Franklin Roosevelt which in turn was influenced because of an agreement between President Woodrow Wilson’s administration and some telecom service providers.

    I honestly don’t know where to start, but “George William Bush” might be a good place.

  40. Anderson:

    He’s like Goebbels, but less convincing.

  41. LosGatosCA:

    we’ve may have reached peak schadenfreude because I’m starting to think that exposing these morons on every one of their stupidities is cruel.

  42. Rob in Buffalo:

    Also, per Mrs. Instaputz in one of those pre-election compilation of predictions articles, Reynolds really was SURE Romney was going to win. Dumb-ass.

  43. Craigo:

    Never mind. I took the plunge. Christ, that felt good.

  44. Major Kong:

    I haven’t seen this much projection since the Cannes Film Festival.

  45. Aaron B.:

    Lie-berals are nothing but stupid infants, weaned on facts and swaddled in reality!

  46. herr doktor bimler:

    the press’s efforts to boost, and then protect, the presidency of Barack Obama have become ever more obvious.

    What with occasionally reporting facts, with their well-known bias.

  47. Craigo:

    Not just any Bill Clinton.

    THE Bill Clinton.

  48. Craigo:

    It does, however, represent an almost mythic level of self-loathing.

    Eh. I don’t see why he should feel any differently about himself than the rest of us.

  49. Jay B.:

    “which in turn was influenced because of an agreement between President Woodrow Wilson’s administration and some telecom service providers.”

    Some?

  50. N__B:

    George William is the one who ran the frozen banana stand, right?

  51. elm:

    The comment section at HillBuzz is awesome!

    I should no better than to nutpick, but here is what what commenter had to say on the pre-election post: “If you add all the state the GOP won any statewide office or won a legislative seat in 2010 Democrats have 103 and Republicans have 435. So the GOP can win 435 votes, because it has done so in the last 4 years, it will never win all of them, but Democrats are vulnerable”

    Almost Rovian-level mathematics there!

  52. Hogan:

    There’s always money in the banana stand.

  53. Hogan:

    I’ve done enough union work to be in touch with my inner bastard, but yeah, this year is something special.

  54. laura:

    Is he still into Hillary Clinton? Wasn’t that what Hillbuzz was initially about?

  55. MAJeff:

    Nah. He’s gone full homocon insanity. Makes GOProud look reasonable, he does.

  56. Left_Wing_Fox:

    …not to mention the heart of my cockle.

  57. Darkrose:

    Yes. This.

    I didn’t like McCain. I loathe Mitt Romney with the fire of a thousand suns. I loathe him more than I, a Giants fan, loathe the Dodgers. I truly believe that he’s a horrible human being, and I’d pay money for the chance to kick him repeatedly in the balls while screaming, “Yes, you arrogant shitstain, WE HAVE FAMILIES!”

  58. laura:

    Glenn and Dr. Mrs. are the perfect bullshit tag team. Dr. Mrs. assures the rubes that feminism is to blame for all their woes and hubby assures them about how much smarter and more virtuous they are than the liberals who control the press. And hey, they’ve managed to turn PJ Media into a semi-successful blogging/vlogging operation which I wouldn’t have thought possible by going full partisan-lunatic while using the term “libertarin” a lot.

    It’s just breathtaking the contempt the two must have for their readership. I’m not totally convinced Glenn Reynolds actually believes anything he writes — though lately the way he slips from glibness into outrage fairly often suggests maybe he does. That’s almost certainly bad for business.

  59. laura:

    Wow. I hadn’t visited since the PUMA days. That is some prime lunacy. And what’s this weird obsession about Obama being gay?

  60. Scott Lemieux:

    Kevin DuJan’s live-blogging of election night is pretty spectacular. You can watch reality slowly sink in, but there’s a stretch where he’s telling everyone to calm down, it’s going to be OK, because the CLEVELAND vote is going to save Ohio for Romney.

    “I was really worried that the Republicans were going to lose New York, but when I saw that the votes from the SOUTH BRONX weren’t in yet, I figured we were in great shape.”

  61. rea:

    I don’t recall ever seeing so many being so wrong so loudly ever before

    Well, Iraq, but that wasn’t nearly as funny.

  62. Aaron B.:

    There is such a thing as “the liberal media,” it’s just not the same thing as the “mainstream media.” The liberal media is a couple of blegs and like three shows on MSNBC.

  63. Aaron B.:

    Also Jon Stewart, usually, who has more clout than all of those put together.

  64. rea:

    As a drug dealer of my acquaintance once told me, the secret to success is not to consume your own merchandise.

  65. Scott Lemieux:

    Is PJ Media actually successful? I’d love to see some forensic accounting. I’m sure the Reynolds/Smith family is making out like bandits, though.

  66. Craigo:

    Every time I try to read that I smell sawdust and everything goes black, and I wake up ten minutes later with a new bruise.

  67. laura:

    That’s pretty much the definition of success when you’re talking about something like PJ Media. Maybe Roger L Simon keeps the books?

  68. laura:

    haha, exactly.

  69. MattT:

    The grifters are making off with the marks’ money. Is there some other definition for success of con of which I am not aware?

  70. MattT:

    And I see Laura beat me to it.

  71. Brownian:

    These folks aren’t entirely wrong. As a liberal, one can live entirely within a liberal cocoon. But conservatives are forced to consider opposing viewpoints. Sure, one can spend all day watching Fox and reading Breitbart. But step outside and blam! There’s the real world, with its liberal bias.

  72. laura:

    Hey, if there are people out there willing to pay a subscriber fee to watch Roger L and Lionel Chetwood read the commie propoganda between the lines of the latest hollywood blockbuster, isn’t it sort of criminal *not* to take their money?

  73. spencer:

    the “bookmark it, libtards!” guy was one dude trolling Sadly, No!

    I miss Coach Urban Meyer.

  74. Johnny Sack:

    True. That’s really what I mean, when people, be it friends, family, or Very Serious People, call the mainstream media liberal.

  75. M. Bouffant:

    “When I hear the word liberalism, I reach for my great big gun!”

  76. bob_is_boring:

    More like “secular humanist holiday morning” if you ask me.

  77. The Dark Avenger:

    “Bookmark it, libs!”

    I have my own creative work based in Troofies’ magnum opus here.

  78. Uncle Ebeneezer:

    Mythical, messianic infant wept!

  79. CD:

    Somehow the racism seems more intense this time. I feel bad about my Schadenfreude, but yikes, that comments section, with people going on about how the President is a lazy cokehead … despair is too good for them.

  80. ajay:

    It’s like every Roman emperor taking the title “Caesar”, which was, of course, merely the family name of the first one. All subsequent Democratic presidents will be officially “The Bill Clinton”. Barack Obama was elected Bill Clinton in 2008.

  81. David Mathias:

    it’s all pure comic gold

    I am not sure if it is a light comedy or a dark comedy.

  82. NonyNony:

    Just the thought of how many jobs the guy has destroyed in his quest to exploit the tax system to get more money for himself would have been enough, I think, for me to dislike him. Enough to want to make sure that he never got near elected office again, anyway.

    But then you tack onto that the editorial he wrote that said that the US should let the car industry die in this country. And the comments about how rough it was for he and his wife to get through college. And his insistence that he was special and didn’t need to release his tax returns because shut up that’s why. And every other example of him being not only completely out of touch with Americans (which is typical of a lot of presidential candidates that I can’t muster up hate for), but actually him despising most of America.

    By the time he made his “47%” comments I already had a load of bile built up for the man. That comment just confirmed to me the he was a truly loathsome individual with few (if any) redeeming qualities.

  83. Random:

    With Iraq, it was both fundamentally un-funny but also they were able to prolong their disbelief for some time and read feel-good stories of schools being painted and purple thumbs. Ultimately I think most of them were able to blame Obama for the whole thing. Is there a word for reverse-schadenfreude?

  84. joe from Lowell:

    The Left is going to eat its own in the coming months and a lot of heads will roll. I personally don’t think MSNBC will even exist by the time of the next presidential election because its viewers will be so furious that no one on that propaganda channel warned them this would happen.

    If it turned out that Nate Silver and MSNBC were pushing bogus information like this guy was describing, that is exactly what would happen. The left would tear them to pieces, heads would roll, and there would be even more internal strife than usual.

    But that didn’t happen. What happened instead is that the right-wing pollsters and pundits got it all wrong, and Fox was pushing bogus “math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better.” Despite this, heads won’t roll, Fox will only become more popular among right-wingers, and Karl Rove, Glenn Reynolds, and Dick Morris will remain major figures in good standing within the conservative movement.

  85. joe from Lowell:

    How about this?

    He had just given a fake heart-felt statement about the deaths of four Americans in an attack on a diplomatic facility.

    What a loathsome human being.

  86. timb:

    I thought the only difference was the amateurs believed the grift, while the pros had a house on the Potomac

  87. timb:

    Verizon STILL covered more people than At&T, but it was all how many soup cans could you tie to a string

  88. timb:

    Romney would just tell you to go start a business by borrowing money from them

  89. JKTHs:

    Yeah it’s hard to imagine conservatives turning to all the talking heads/Fox and saying “WTF man I’m done with you.” Instead they’ll just crawl deeper into the maw

  90. Matt:

    In related news, nobody’s told Reynolds that WW2 was 60+ years ago and infrastructure doesn’t last that long:

    http://crooksandliars.com/blue-texan/stupid-right-wing-tweets-glenn-reynolds

    Either that, or he’s decided to go whole-hog on the “intellectual hipster” routine and ironically pretend that it actually *is* the 1950s…

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  92. Scott Lemieux:

    Even more than the profit and loss statements, I would love to know how many paid subscribers Polywood has. “Listen to the dick who wrote Scenes From A Mall and the asshole who wrote The Hanoi Hilton complain about Hollywood liberals for an hour!” — can’t be easy to get people to watch that for free.

  93. Substance McGravitas:

    Folks should check out the latest Gingrich grift in which he is the sage of the Republican party, who knew the election wouldn’t go well and that Romney shouldn’t have been president in the first place…and somehow predicted the Romney win and also he is hiring people to figure this out, no doubt on someone else’s dime.

  94. Halloween Jack:

    Supposedly–he has claimed many times to be a former Democrat who switched PUMA-style when HRC lost the nomination–but I think that there’s some personal issues in there as well; many if not most of his blog regulars, as well as at least a couple of his co-bloggers (who pretty much take over during one of his periodic extended and unexplained absences) are older conservative women.

  95. Halloween Jack:

    Terminator reference FTW.

  96. commie atheist:

    The way that nearly every Republican dumped on romney after his donor phone call came out is what really amazed me. Basically they went from saying “Mitt will save America!” to “What a fucking asshole this guy is” in nothing flat. Don’t recall that ever happening with a losing candidate before.

  97. Halloween Jack:

    Reading his blog at almost any time is scary, because he’s got so much invested in his self-created alternate reality that you have to wonder if he’s actually got his own little cult going in Boystown where he gets more support from his commenters the crazier he gets. He’s always had a little bit of the paranoid style (he has made statements in the past alluding to at least some of the Boystown bartenders trying to poison his drinks), but it’s kicked into overdrive with the Orwell allusions.

    That having been said, DuJan having any sort of position within a Palin 2016 campaign would be unparalleled political entertainment.

  98. Cody:

    Problem is we’re just deluding ourselves with this propaganda. We think Obama won, but only because our media masters at MSNBC told us so!

    It’s a trap!

    - On second though, I may not be capable of making a self-refuting of an argument as him.

  99. Cody:

    This is the definition of capitalism, what they so stridently defend.

    It’s their own desire.

  100. J.W. Hamner:

    Yes, apparently I was too kind to the unskewed polls guy in assuming he learned something from being completely wrong. I saw from twitter that the guy started a website dedicated to election fraud called… wait for it… Barrack O’Fraudo.

  101. Alan in SF:

    Could you please print other things this Mr. Hillbuzz is absolutely sure will happen, so that we may earn money betting against them?

  102. Bob Loblaw:

    Nobody could have predicted blah blah blah……

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