A CENTER-RIGHT COUNTRY?…. Barack Obama had the highest vote percentage of any Democratic presidential candidate in 40 years. He had the highest non-incumbent vote percentage of any candidate, from either party, in 56 years. He’s the fourth Democratic candidate in the last five elections to win more votes than the Republican candidate.

At the same time, 29 of the nation’s 50 governors are now Democrats, and the party enjoys sizable majorities in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

Naturally, then, several pundits told the nation this morning that this is still a “center-right” nation.

GOP STRATEGIST BAY BUCHANAN: There’s no question in my mind [the United States is still a center-right country].

NBC’S TOM BROKAW: This country, even with the election of Barack Obama last night, remains a very centered country, or maybe even center right in a lot of places.

KARL ROVE: Barack Obama understands this is a center-right country and he smartly and wisely ran a campaign that emphasized it.

Oh, I see. Today, the Obama campaign emphasized the center-right qualities of the country, but a few days ago, the Obama campaign emphasized radical socialism.

I pondered yesterday what it would take for some establishment types to give up on this “center-right” nonsense. Apparently, an Obama landslide wasn’t quite enough.

My hunch is, no evidence would be sufficient. They just know it’s a center-right country, and have no reason to trust their lying eyes.

That’s hardly a reason, though, for anyone to take their opinion seriously.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.