Losers Make Excuses

Yuval Levin explains why liberals and Obama supporters have coalesced around the narrative that Romney won the 1st debate because he lied (and had a secret cheat-hanky…and altitude). They can’t conceive of any other way the conservative strawman they created could’ve won.

This is, first and foremost, an instance of something that a lot of conservatives in Washington have run across when debating liberals: Because they basically control the mainstream media, and because they have created for themselves a fictional conservative worldview (evident in many an Aaron Sorkin project and Barack Obama speech) rather than confront the actual conservative worldview, liberals are often caught off guard when faced with an actual argument for positions they disagree with. What we’ve seen in the wake of the debate is that some on the Left are so wedded to their imaginary right-wingers that when their actual opponents advance positions or make arguments that are different from those imaginary ones they will call those actual opponents fakes and liars. They believed their own caricature of Mitt Romney, and his unwillingness to play into it strikes them as dishonest. Or put another way: Confronted with evidence of their own dishonesty about who Romney is and what he stands for, they call the evidence a lie.

He also refutes the three main contentions put forth by liberals regarding Romney’s supposed lies.

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Monique
Monique (@monique-chartier)
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9 years ago

“that Romney won the 1st debate because he lied (and had a secret cheat-hanky…”
Of COURSE Romney won by lying and cheating. It couldn’t be because he is more competent and more knowledgable about the issues …

Monique
Monique (@monique-chartier)
Editor
9 years ago

P.S. Stipulating the premise, exactly how many cheat notes could you squeeze onto a hankie?

Sammy in Arizona
Sammy in Arizona
9 years ago

May I recommend the biography “The Real Romney” by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman’s (Harper-Collins) they prove that until 2005 Mitt Romney was a liberal. . He was a liberal on social issues, such as abortion and gay rights; a champion of government programs, such as universal health care; an anti-protectionist, “open door” . He proudly signed the assault weapons ban, raised fees (which are taxes) by one billion dollars, and ran to the left of Ted Kennedy is his senate race…LOL

James
James
9 years ago

I can’t wait to hear what excuse you will be making in a month for Romney and Doherty. I’ll be back then 🙂

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
9 years ago

Sammy, it is true that Romney would not be the first choice of many conservatives. But, he is what we’ve got. I expect some disappointments. He certainly caved a few times as Governor of Massachusetts.
Given the debate performances the other night, he does seem the better choice. Please don’t tell us you believe that Romney had a cheat sheet in his hankie. Or that Obama was discombobulated by the altitude in Denver. Next we will be hearing that Obama was “on medications”.

ANTHONY
ANTHONY
9 years ago

Hey Spammin’ Sammy…. ole scissorshands really cut your guy to pieces didn’t he? Of course it didn’t take much…. you can cut an empty suit up pretty quickly.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
9 years ago

@James-if Romney loses it will simply mean too many people still believe the Obama bullcrap.
More concerning is that if Doherty loses it will mean we have a Congressional district full of people who are all too willing to choose a crooked,lying, degenerate over a decent public servant.

Max D
Max D
9 years ago

Hey Joe,
Is it really an excuse when the results are beyond your control. I mean Obama’s performance in a debate was something he controlled. Maybe I’m just showing my anti-Cicilline bias but the fact that Rhode Island voters are a bunch of lemmings lead by the Pied Piper of Providence, to a certain extent, isn’t really something Doherty can control is it?

David S
David S
9 years ago

Losers make excuses. Damn straight. And I do not subscribe to any of them that you brought up. But how about conspiracy theories? Polls are skewed. Jobs numbers are suspect- (As in good jobs numbers are BAD). Now what were you saying?

Mike678
Mike678
9 years ago

It is amazing how little responsibility the Obama team can take…unless it is good news. I loved the ad about the “risks” Obama took in ordering the Seals into Pakistan to take down OBL. Thousands of Americans dead and he’s worried about his political career? What a narcissistic tool.

Max D
Max D
9 years ago

“Polls are skewed. Jobs numbers are suspect”
I believe polls can be skewed but are you suggesting that the President is responsible for the declining increases in employment?

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
9 years ago

Doherty has no control over how stupid and easily led by a stinking little scumsucker the voters of CD1 may be.We’ll see.Sometimes I think people tune out the truth when it offends them too much.

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