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  •  It's standard GOP psychological warfare (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    Declare victory before the smoke even clears.

    I still remember November 2000, when one of the standard GOP talking points in the days after the election was "Why doesn't Gore concede?! He clearly lost and it's just sour grapes!" In December, there were TV ads for "commemorative coins" in honor of Bush's "presidential victory".

    By declaring victory early, you get to claim a win and cast any doubters as "sore losers". And when the truth comes out that you actually lost, you get to play the victim and rail against the underhanded shenanigans that stole your victory.

    GOP SOP.

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