For the last decade liberals have proclaimed ourselves to be the “reality-based community.” The idea, starting with the Iraq War, was that conservatives were seeing monsters under the bed, that they were ignoring real threats, and that this attitude was leading us to disaster.
It did. Iraq was a disaster. Katrina was a disaster. The Great Shitpile, meant to cover it all up, caused the Great Recession, another disaster. For Republicans, the ultimate disaster was President Obama, and their denialism has continued from the day of his election to today.
But if Democrats are to be useful, if we're to become a true governing majority, we can't take our eyes off the ball of reality. With the so-called NSA Scandal, we have.