The Republicans progressively have created a new defense against any idea that demolishes their positions: Damn the facts, as others know them. Here are the exhibits, as we know them:
Former Bush assistant and Republican strategist Ron Christie, dissing fact-checkers: "Somebody should check the fact-checkers".
Romney pollster Neil Newhouse: "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers".
Long Island Rep. Peter King, when told by Soledad O'Brien that factcheck.org had shown that President Obama never apologized to a violent enemy in a European speech, the congressman responded: "I don't care what fact-check says."
As a matter of fact, that seems to be the chosen course of the entire faltering Romney campaign.