I have been truly amazed by news reports of how shellshocked Mitt Romney and his supporters were by his loss. Claims that Romney had the “sincere belief” he would win despite the fact that he apparently ignored data to the contrary appear extraordinarily generous. I read this “sincere belief” as delusional. If Romney’s failings have anything to offer us here at E.M. Monroe it’s this: If you want to avoid being shellshocked, then you can’t ignore the conditions on the ground. You can’t dismiss what you don’t want to hear and imagine your own reality. You need to pay attention to the truth–even if you don’t like it.