See, this is why “you” suck at political debates. And, by “you” I don’t really mean anyone reading this blog. Cocooning is surrounding yourself with people who think just as you do. An echo chamber of thoughts, ideas, and “facts.” “Everybody” does it, but it has a different affect on liberals than conservatives.
[C]ocooning has an asymmetrical effect on liberals and conservatives. Even in a cocoon, conservatives cannot avoid liberal mainstream media, liberal Hollywood entertainment, and, these days, the liberal Obama administration.
They’re made uncomfortably aware of the arguments of those on the other side. Which gives them an advantage in fashioning their own responses.
Liberals can protect themselves better against assaults from outside their cocoon. They can stay out of megachurches and make sure their remote controls never click on Fox News. They can stay off the AM radio dial so they will never hear Rush Limbaugh.
The problem is that this leaves them unprepared to make the best case for their side in public debate. They are too often not aware of holes in arguments that sound plausible when bandied between confreres entirely disposed to agree.
Which is why, when debating liberals one of the first things they’ll attack you with is “Where did you hear that? ON FOX????”
See, the truth is that those facts and figures conservatives use in argument are completely new information to them. They can only assume you heard it from some biased news source, because certainly if it were a ACTUAL fact they would have heard it somewhere.
Perhaps during a John Stewert monologue. Or a SNL skit.
And, since liberals have pretty much eliminated any divergent thought from their daily lives, when they are actually confronted by it, they are lost.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asked whether Obamacare was unconstitutional, could only gasp: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
Super serious, Nancy.