As Mitt Romney has fallen behind in the polls in recent weeks, aides to the Republican candidate and prominent right-wing pundits have begun complaining of a “reality bias” that makes it difficult for them to gain ground against President Obama.
“Reality is unfairly skewed against us conservatives,” Rush Limbaugh told his listeners yesterday. “It definitely has a liberal bias. That is why Romney appears to be behind when we know in our hearts he’s way ahead.”
Romney adviser Beth Myers told the Wall Street Journal in an interview that “When Romney and Ryan say they are protectors of Medicare benefits or military veterans, their words seem to lack authenticity in the liberally slanted atmosphere of the world as it actually exists, as opposed to our delusional idea of it. If reality were in accord with Republican ideas, as it should be, Gov. Romney’s claims would be more plausible.”
Fox News Channel commentator Sean Hannity urged his viewers to go to their places of worship and “beseech God to shift the ontological locus of the universe to correct the liberal slant that has crept in and corrupted existence.” He added that he was “sick and tired of always being behind the metaphysical eight-ball.”
Hannity’s guest, columnist Dick Morris, agreed, saying that “it’s bad enough we have to overcome the liberal media, the liberal pollsters and the liberal voters in this country without also being shot down by the independent nature and existence of everything knowable, whether by logical inference, empirical observation or some other form of experience.”