The Leftists couldn't restrain themselves and give us even a day to mourn our loss, they've already been here to spread their poison and try to get to us while they think we're on the ground and vulnerable. The Atlantic's Progressive überhack and heir to RawMuscleGlutes' intellectual fortune, Conor Friedersdorf, has decided to be helpful and explain to us the underlying reason for conservatism's presidential loss:
It is easy to close oneself off inside a conservative echo chamber. And right-leaning outlets like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh's show are far more intellectually closed than CNN or public radio. If you're a rank-and-file conservative, you're probably ready to acknowledge that ideologically friendly media didn't accurately inform you about Election 2012. Some pundits engaged in wishful thinking; others feigned confidence in hopes that it would be a self-fulfilling prophecy; still others decided it was smart to keep telling right-leaning audiences what they wanted to hear.
IOW, the conservative media/echo chamber (they are the same in his mind) made you dumb because it isn't reality-based unlike the Smart (liberal) Media which worshipped at the altar of Nate Silver.
Apparently, we erred because we all listened to Jen Rubin and Hugh Hewitt, got unreasonably "distracted" by Birtherism, "Kenyan anti-colonialism", "lies" about things Obama actually said, and the "joke" candidacies of Palin and Cain. Oh, and…Nixon–or something–and Clint Eastwood's stupid, dumb, old man empty chair rant. But we're really not so much to blame for being sheeple unless we don't listen to Friedersdorf's "helpful" advice.
I don't even know about half of what he's ranting about. That is to say, I know the subjects and the general contexts of them, but they were never important enough to me to spend too much time on them, nor were there vast swathes of GOP "rank-and-file" who really did. Now, they were really important to the mainstream media whenever anyone on the Right talked about them ("Joe Arpaio's looking into the president's birth certificate?! Why is every single person on the Right obsessed with Birtherism?!!!11!!!ELEVENTY!!!!!11!1") but to the general rank-and-file of the party Birtherism isn't anywhere near being a top issue.
As far as listening to pundits is concerned, I can't say anything about Hugh Hewitt because I never listen to him but I do read Jen Rubin on occasion and sometimes what she says makes me nod in agreement but helpful helpers like Friedersdorf need to honestly answer the question, "How many conservatives do you think give a lot of credence to the Washington Post's conservative blogger?" Let me repeat that with underlines and boldness to try to spell it out even more: the Washington Post's conservative blogger.
Where we may feel a lack of confidence about what Friedersdorf is saying is when we consider big-wig "establishment" Republicans–the people who run the machinery of the party–those are the Republicans I can believe could be distracted and led astray by misinformation but I'm going to let Friedersdorf in on a big, fat secret he may not know: those people are replaceable by the rank-and-file and right now their names are "Mud" as far as much of the GOP rank-and-file are concerned.
So don't listen to Friedersdorf. His main occupation is to lie, lie again, and then lie some more and when his former Sith master pretends to be helpful and tells you to "embrace climate change as apart of conservatism’s so-called revival" or "to make ObamaCare better", use your best/worst Cockney accent and tell him to "piss off". We may very well need to change the regulatory environment to improve healthcare services and it may be better for us in the long run to reduce CO2 emissions, but the Left's rationale's and solutions are money pits lined with bullshit and there is absolutely no reason, even electorally, for us to give in and take their concern trolling advice.
On the flip side–not to get all Kubler-Ross, but to get all Kubler-Ross–anger in grief is understandable, but we can't afford for anyone to act on it. Not even a small group of dumbass students. (BTW, someone needs to find out how many of those yutes were drunk at the time.) First of all, it's just wrong, and second of all, we all know–or should know by now–that the MSM, as part of their ongoing and perpetual propaganda war against the Right, will take any misbehavior it can attach to the Right, even if it is attached only by gossamer strands, and turn it into an issue about The Soul of the GOP. They've already gone on and on about Ole Miss's civil rights legacy and they've even wheeled out James Meredith who, to their misfortune and his credit, wouldn't play in their racialist games. You don't have to be nice, you don't have to give them the "civility" they demand from you, but don't be stupid and give them any ammunition.
Finally, if the voices in your head tell you to start burning things, stop and remind yourself that ideological cleansing through fire is the pagan ritual of the Left. They are the holistic healing, crystal-rubbing atavistic jackasses who believe that burning sacrifices will please their gods and help to realize their anarcho-collectivist fantasies. Don't stoop to their level no matter how crappy you may feel.