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Mitt Romney will win by a landslide. There is no such thing as global warming. Jimmy Savile is a national treasure. You name it – we believed it

"Some time after the cock crows on the morning of 7 November, Mitt Romney will be declared America's 45th president," Karl Rove predicted a few days before he wasn't. Implacable faith in a Romney win, even a landslide, was commonplace among Us conservatives this year, among them Newt Gingrich, Glenn Beck and Donald Trump. ("Mitt Romney wins… decisively," promised the commentator Andrew McCarthy, the author of a book about terrorism entitled – no, really! – Willful Blindness.) But Rove's wake-up call, in the end, came long before the cock crowed, late on 6 November, and his meltdown live on Fox News said it all: the facts just didn't compute. This wasn't only a problem among pundits: Romney's own strategists, it later emerged, had been so immersed in their echo-chambers, »

- Oliver Burkeman

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