As I was reading all the recap and analysis from last night’s voting, I found one piece that really seems to make some sense of the Republican race. Basically, it says the Republican contest is operating in two realities: pundit-based reality and voter-based reality.
Pundit-based reality is the political simulacra created by the
bloggers, journalists, radio talk show hosts, and other confident
opiners who understand how the world should work. Voter-based reality
is the messy electoral aftermath that occurs after voters cast their
ballots and show us how the world actually works. For the past few
months we’ve been living in the pristine bubble of pundit-based reality
only to have it popped by the inexplicable actions of the Voter Class.
Pretty interesting stuff detailing the McCain-Romney-Huckabee dynamic. Read the full version here.