Steve Kornacki has an interview with Newt Gingrich at Salon that's worth a read. Here's one completely out of context Newt quote that struck me because it rings true for Republicans no matter what the frame of reference:
"None of that seemed at all obvious to us."
Just ask Willard M. Romney and his sidekick Ann. And Karl Rove. As much as it pains me to say this, I have to agree with Newt: The GOP was, and continues to be, oblivious, despite the fact that a very desperate Republican party is striving to be "new and improved."
And failing repeatedly.
Here is another Moment of Reluctant Agreement with Newt:
I think conservatives in general got in the habit of talking to themselves. I think that they in a sense got isolated into their own little world. So our pollsters, many of whom were wrong about turnout. No Republican pollster thought you could get 87 percent turnout in Milwaukee. You just sort of have to say that to some extent the degree to which we believed that the other side was kidding themselves, it turned out in fact in the real world – this is a part of what makes politics so fascinating – it turned out in the real world we were kidding ourselves.
Of course conservatives talk to themselves. Nobody else will listen, plus that's what many delusional people do.
Short version: Republicans live in Opposite World, and they inexplicably continue to abide by these words of an "unnamed Bush aide" (later identified as the now-very tarnished Karl Rove):
"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out."