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The Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page says that Republicans need to pay more attention to voters, as well as to the truth.

One particularly amusing moment came that evening when Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly interrupted political consultant Karl Rove's wildly optimistic projections for Mitt Romney's chances:

"Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better," she asked, "or is this real?"

Thank you, Ms. Kelly. As the numbers rolled in and one battleground state after another fell to President Barack Obama, it was time for despondent conservatives to drop the feel-better projections and start the feel-better rationalizations.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly got the ball rolling with this memorable explanation: If Obama won, he said as the early numbers came in, it would be because of a rising tide of nonwhites looking for giveaways.

"The white establishment is now the minority," O'Reilly said. "And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff … And who is going to give them things? President Obama. He knows it and he ran on it."


Read Clarence Page's entire piece at the Chicago Tribune.

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