Liberal blogger Andrew Sullivan writes in The Daily Beast that he watched Fox News the day after the election just to see if conservatives on the network had exploded. He says the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter are “completely fanatical even in the face of popular repudiation”:
Yes, I watched for Schadenfreude purposes. These charlatans and money-grubbers have turned the broad tradition of Anglo-American conservatism into Southern Fried Fanaticism – and I wanted to see them crackle in their batter. They have replaced empirical doubt with unerring faith in an ideology that had its moment over thirty years ago and is barely relevant to the world we now live in. That faith has been cynically fused with fundamentalist religion to make it virtually impossible for the GOP to accept that women are the majority of voters in this country, that gay couples are equal to straight ones, that 11 million illegal immigrants simply cannot be expected to “self-deport” en masse by a regime of terrifying policing, that war is a last and not a first resort, that the debt we have is primarily a function of two things: George W. Bush’s presidency and the economic collapse his term ended with.
You’ll recall Sullivan became relevant this election for nearly jumping off a bridge after President Obama bombed in the first debate back in October.