Will Republicans Accept An Obama Victory?
First let me start with the necessary qualifiers. There is a long way to go before Election Day and the result is still very much in doubt. However, nearly all objective sources now point to President Obama as the favorite in November. But for three years, Republicans have been told that his defeat was an inevitability, and that he stole his ten-million vote victory in 2008. With Republicans questioning the polls, it raises a natural question, as posed by Ed Kilgore:
…what continues to amaze me is the palpable fear and loathing of Republicans towards any adverse public opinion findings, which seem to reflect a sort of self-hypnosis wherein admitting the possibility of an Obama victory will somehow affect the results. Sure, there are some Democrats who think Obama’s going to run away with it all, but not that many; most seem to expect a cliff-hanger, and those who don’t are pretty much keeping their over-confidence to themselves. With a few honorable exceptions (e.g., Sean Trende), though, Team Mitt and its echo-chamber are acting as though defeat is almost literally impossible. It makes you wonder if they’ll be willing to accept defeat on November 6, if it happens. I’m afraid some will be out there the next day, still spinning madly, and that, of course, will be a recipe for a contested election, either in the courts (if it’s very close) or among conservative activists who will be eager to believe Obama has stolen the presidency again!
Functioning democracy depends to some degree on civil discourse. Are things going to be civil if Obama wins re-election?