I would think that we could agree in a non-partisan way that the following snippet from NYT columnist David Brooks today represents a species of delusion:
All in all, I can see why the markets are nervous and dropping. And it’s also clear that we’re on the cusp of the biggest political experiment of our lifetimes. If Obama is mostly successful, then the epistemological skepticism natural to conservatives will have been discredited. We will know that highly trained government experts are capable of quickly designing and executing top-down transformational change. If they mostly fail, then liberalism will suffer a grievous blow, and conservatives will be called upon to restore order and sanity. [Emphasis mine]
Conservatives may quickly find their way back into power, but the suggestion that they have recently represented probity and "epistemological skepticism" strikes me as more than a little mad.