If you're one of those folks who has regular dealings with conservative friends or family members (and it seems we all have a cranky right wing brother in law...) you're probably aware of the fact that FACTS are subjective in their world.
They listen to voices that tell them what they want to hear. Exclusively. If you try to interject conflicting data, they react as if you've just thrown up on their shoes... they can't get away from you fast enough. There is no reasoning with them, because their Rosetta Stone translates everything into spin room bullshit.
That's why there is so much disbelief and shock on display around the country today.
The world's most watched cable news network has consistently misinformed an audience that doesn't bother to fact check anything they offer up. Millions of Americans tune in night after night, listen to trusted pundits assure them that the entire voting Republic agrees with their positions, and denigrates any voice of reason that attempts to bring a contrary opinion to the table.
Talk radio echoes the message, and the uninformed audience takes that as confirmation of firmly held convictions.
In short, otherwise intelligent and analytical people have been played for fools by three or four self-serving messengers, and today they're going through the pangs of withdrawal only a hardened junkie could understand.
If Tuesday's election results do anything for America, my wish is that it forever alters the way Americans seek out the information necessary to function in today's world. My wish is that Faux News Channel suffers as a direct result of having conspired to keep a sizable percentage of the electorate functionally illiterate about the political realities in America.
If there is any justice in this world, people who are angry and confused by this election's results will re-evaluate their news and information, with a critical eye toward more objective sources.
Those who continue to tune in for more of the same deserve the isolation such willful ignorance produces.