The “We Built This” theme for the Republican Convention was a tone deaf, inside-joke that played off an intentionally misconstrued supposed gaffe that didn’t really seem to resonate with the general electorate. Or look at the difference between the reaction to Clint Eastwood’s speech inside the hall, where it was met with raucous laughter and enthusiastic applause… to outside the hall where it was met with something more like confused amusement. And the ultimate example of the costs of the conservative bubble are Mitt Romney’s 47% comments, versions of which have become commonplace to the point of cliche in right-wing circles, and ones which Romney offered inside the safety and comfort of the conservative bubble, but have now leaked out to general populace where they are rightly found noxious. In the song “Ten Crack Commandments,” Biggie Smalls offered a set of rules for drug dealers who wanted to avoid the perils of the trade and one of them was a piece of old advice:”Never get high on your own supply.” Same goes for political strategists: never confuse your own talking points for the truth, don’t start believing that everyone out there in the voting booths are seeing the world the way you do. The GOP has, I think lost sight of this simple wisdom. They’re smoking what they’re dealing. It’s a big part of why those polls numbers look the way they do… and good a reminder of the dysfunction and incompetence that happen when the people in charge only listen to themselves.