Right Believed Its Own Hype on Health Care

And now it's having a nervous breakdown
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2010 12:30 PM CDT
Right Believed Its Own Hype on Health Care
TV host Glenn Beck addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Saturday Feb. 20, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Unable to deal with the passage of health care reform, the GOP noise machine has suffered a complete nervous breakdown this week, literally declaring this the end of America as we know it. Why the hysterics? Because the right wing “made the mistake of believing their own hype,” writes Eric Boehlert of Media Matters. “They fastidiously constructed their own parallel universe, and convinced themselves that last summer’s mini-mobs had defeated health care reform.”

Republicans seem to have deluded themselves, based on a few protests and polls, that they speaks for the vast majority of Americans. It’s typical, because “Republicans have long seen themselves as synonymous with America, and everyone else as deviant,” writes Michelle Goldberg in the Daily Beast. “This article of faith is impervious to evidence.” But America isn’t run by “the ever-shifting results of telephone opinion surveys. The polls that count are elections.” (More right-wing media stories.)

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