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U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney arrives at a campaign rally in Etna, Ohio, November 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young
New rule: If you thought this guy was going to win, you can't call anyone else "deluded."
Jennifer Rubin headline:
Tom Steyer, self-deluded liberal billionaire
Funny for Rubin to call anyone "self-deluded" when it was she who wrote, a week before the November 2012 elections:
Romney rising, Obama overwhelmed [...]

In sum, you have one camp where the message, the electorate and the news are all downers. On the other side, you have a positive message, new ad buys in the blue state of Minnesota and the potential for a huge turnout. Two campaigns, traveling in very different directions.

Ha, ha, ha, Minnesota! The same Minnesota President Barack Obama won by 10 points.

Anyway, why is Tom Steyer deluded? It has something to do with Democrats being hypocritical because they criticize Koch brothers spending, but then Steyer is going to start spending his own money. Democrats should let conservative billionaires buy America, but no, they're being hypocritical by fighting back! Her argument is a bit of a mess, actually. (Never mind that Democrats would sign off on a Constitutional Amendment banning corporate money in politics today given the opportunity.)

In any case, her coup de grâce is her assertion that just like the Koch brothers, who try to shape the agenda to suit their business interests, liberals also have a selfish agenda! And that agenda is THIS:

Democrats have cash from Hollywood, Manhattan and Silicon Valley liberal elites who would like pot and gay marriage to be legal and the internal combustion engine to disappear. Those people are just as “selfish” as the Koch brothers [...]
Um, all of those are majority positions with the American people, and none directly benefit most liberal elite donors. Most aren't gay. So supporting equality isn't really selfish. All of them can already smoke pot if they want, but they want saner drug laws for others. It won't be them going to jail. So again, not selfish. And if they really want to ditch gas-powered cars, they can already buy a Tesla or Volt or BMW i3 or whatever. But more accessible electric vehicles (and clean power to fuel them)? Not selfish, unless it's "selfish" to pine for cleaner air for them and their children.

So how is advocating for those issues akin to building a pipeline to carry Koch oil product to the Gulf Coast for export? Obviously, it's not. But if you're dumb enough to think Romney was competitive in Minnesota in 2012, then processing reality was never your strong suit.

Originally posted to kos on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 09:55 AM PDT.

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