Lou Piniella, Upon Taking the Job of Cubs Manager in the Fall of 2006.

Lou Piniella rejecting the idea of a Cubs curse.

Poor Lou. Whom will we utterly destroy next?

Call Me Kreskin.

Prediction 1 eerily prescient.



Well guess what and golly gee. When I wrote on January 2, regarding the stated intention of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and senior U.S. Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin to find any nominee chosen by Gov. Rod Blagojevich “unacceptable,”

way to unnecessarily provoke a constitutional crisis and make yourselves look like asses when you lose, Democratic Senate leadership,

I was right!

Question: If I, an ordinary U.S. citizen, knew that according to our Constitution, Roland Burris, being legally appointed by a sitting state governor, had an undeniable claim on this Senate seat, why did it take the Democratic leaders of the Senate ten days to know it?


Is There Anything Else You’d Like Me to Predict?


You have to admit I was pretty right-on with my political prognosticatin’.

Lots of people are saying today that they saw Hillary’s near-sweep coming. The difference is, how many of them were saying it on Monday? My gosh, I put my entire pundit career on the line with that one. That takes guts. The kind of guts that made this country great.

Now that I’ve proved my clairvoyance and/or astonishing political insight, I had thought I might try to make a little money off it by selling myself as a consultant to the highest bidder, but I realized that powers such as mine must never be put in the service of personal gain.

Crystal Ball.


This is troubling. Very troubling.

But that sticky-wicket news about Obama isn’t why I’m predicting wins tomorrow for Hillary in Ohio and Texas. After all, if it turns out voters really do think Obama was lying to them about wanting to renegotiate NAFTA, that would hurt him in Ohio–where they hate NAFTA, and have been counting on his sincerity about hating it, too–but actually help him in Texas, where they like NAFTA the way it is, and hope he’s just kidding about wanting to change it.

No, I’m predicting wins for Hillary tomorrow just because I feel it. Something is happening.

My fortune-telling has nothing to do with who I want to win the nomination. That changes on a near-daily basis. When it counted (in my state’s primary), I voted for Obama.

On Wednesday I’ll either admit to being a complete failure at this prediction business. Or I’ll gloat over my amazing clairvoyance and/or ability to put my finger on the pulse of the American people.


Yesterday, as New Hampshirites were voting and we all expected an Obama victory of blowout proportions, I wrote, “As someone who was solidly in the Obama camp as recently as Friday, I can hardly greet [an Obama victory] as bad news. Yet I can’t help wishing it were closer. After decades of civic service making things better, Hillary doesn’t deserve humiliation.”

Today, analyzing the reasons for Hillary’s surprising vote total, Emily Bazelon writes in Slate:

…Even if we’re not certain we ultimately want her to win, we sure don’t want her embarrassed by a run of heavy early losses.

I have my finger on the pulse of the electorate!