Prověrka Mitta Romneyho v praxi

NEW YORK – Ve Spojených státech v současnosti probíhá jakási válka mezi fakty a fantazírováním. Znovuzvolení prezidenta Baracka Obamy znamená vítězství, sice skromné, ale neomylné, pro tábor faktů.

Události posledních dní před americkými prezidentskými volbami přinesly nestrojenou ilustraci tohoto zápasu. Mezi předními spolupracovníky republikánského vyzyvatele Mitta Romneyho se rozšířil názor, že je na krok od vítězství. Jejich přesvědčení nemělo žádnou oporu v předvolebních průzkumech. Ten pocit v nich nicméně zesílil natolik, že Romneyho začali oslovovat „pane prezidente“.

Přání, aby se jejich touha naplnila, však nestačilo na to, aby se proměnila ve skutečnost. Romney byl během své dráhy k postu prezidenta nejblíže, a dokud to šlo, zjevně si to chtěl užít, třebas předčasně. Když pak během volební noci televizní kanály předpověděly Romneyho porážku v Ohiu, a tedy znovuzvolení Baracka Obamy, Romneyho kampaň opět popřela fakta a odmítla přijmout výsledek. Uběhla dosti trapná hodina, než se Romney smířil se skutečností a pronesl zdvořilý projev, v němž přiznal porážku.

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