The Reality Based Community
Progressives often describe themselves (as we do) as being part of The Reality Based Community:
The source of the term is a quotation in an October 17, 2004, New York Times Magazine article by writer Ron Suskind, quoting an unnamed aide to George W. Bush:Today on Bob Schieffer's CBS News program Face the Nation, US Vice Dick Cheney gave a graphic example of the alternative to a Reality Based Community (clip at ThinkProgress):
The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do." (Wikipedia)
SCHIEFFER: Mr. Vice President, all along the government has been very optimistic. You remain optimistic. But I remember when you were saying we’d be greeted as liberators, you played down the insurgency ten months ago. You said it was in its last throes. Do you believe that these optimistic statements may be one of the reasons that people seem to be more skeptical in this country about whether we ought to be in Iraq?We are never wrong. We are never wrong. We are never wrong. We are never wrong . . .
CHENEY: No, I think it has less to do with the statements we’ve made, which I think were basically accurate and reflect reality.