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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

But What Do the Pundits Predict?

Posted by on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I hope you're staying away from cable news channels this afternoon. I guarantee you that nobody is saying anything of value. If you want to know what people are predicting, New York Magazine has compiled "An Exhaustive Collection of Presidential Pundit Predictions." These pundits range from the plausible (Nate Silver, Larry Sabato) to the ridiculous (Glenn Beck, Dick Morris).

You have to bear in mind that most of these people have no idea what the fuck they're talking about. But if you're hungry for predictions to fill that news-shaped void in your soul, you'd do better to visit New York Magazine than turning on cable news, which only exists to frighten you and sell you shit.


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Will in Seattle 1
Just kill your TV.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
I nearly always disagree with George Will, but I at least have the sense that he's an intelligent man. But when he and Glen Beck both give predict a Romney win with 321 electoral votes, well, suddenly George Will doesn't seem quite so intelligent any more.
Posted by Clayton on November 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
orange&black 3
But flipping back and forth between Fox, and MSNBC this morning was awesome. No need to "wake and bake" after fifteen minutes of that.
Posted by orange&black on November 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 4
The pundits predict that talentless idiots w/ connections will continue to plague the cable airwaves for a few more years, offering up myopic, insulated opinions based on nothing more than two conversations over cocktails last night and what was handed them straight from the RNC.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 5
The hyperbole on the 24 hour news channels IS kinda entertaining to watch.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
cressona 6
I've got to put in a good word for cable news. I was just at a McD's that had on CNN, and there on their panel was Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer wearing a magnificent blue bolo tie. And man, it looked good on him.

Nate Silver may be a pretty decent prognosticator, but he's got nothing sartorially on Brian Schweitzer.
Posted by cressona on November 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM · Report this
New York Magazine is wrong about George Will's popular vote prediction, he predicted that ROMNEY would win by 1.3% (not Obama as they have stated). That said, he's a partisan lunatic, so who really cares?

And did Jim Cramer really say Obama would grab 440 electoral votes? That's crazy talk too!
Posted by DOUG. on November 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
DavidC 8
Stream the Young Turks on Youtube or watch them on Current TV. Less hyperbole and more fun.
Posted by DavidC on November 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM · Report this
Fnarf 9
@7, 440? I can't even get Obama to 440 with just the Confederacy going for Romney. Obama would have to win AK and OK and WY and friggin' UT to get to 440. Obama couldn't get to 440 even if he won TX! Which ain't gonna happen.

What's more interesting than who picked what is, will there be any repurcussions for those who get it wrong? Or REALLY wrong? If Obama wins, will George Will lose his job? Of course not.
Posted by Fnarf on November 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM · Report this
beatgrl 10
I will be counting solely on slog to fill the news shaped void in my soul. Plus multiple varieties of reposado. Paul, you have really been cranking it out these past several months. You are my favorite journalist right now.
Posted by beatgrl on November 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM · Report this

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