Worst. Prediction. Ever.
Dean Barnett 11/4/2006 :
Lest you think Iâ€™m whistling Dixie, weâ€™re already seeing the results of the Republican efforts. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that early voting and absentee ballot results suggest Republicans are indeed voting in greater numbers than in 2004. (Sorry, no link, but you can trust me, right?)
None of the foregoing means the polls are worthless. It just means that to get an accurate gauge on things, you have to add a significant layer of Republican support to the reported numbers.
So whatâ€™s it all mean? In the tied races, the Republican will win. In the close races, the Republican will win. It adds up to Republicans running the table in the Senate. Thatâ€™s right â€“ running the table. Montana, Virginia, Missouri, Tennessee, New Jersey, Rhode Island (whoopee), and Maryland will all send or re-send Republicans to the Senate. But wait, thereâ€™s more! Michigan will send Sheriff Michael Bouchard to the Senate. And in Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum is in striking distance.
In the House, the same holds true. Republican Joe Negron will take Foleyâ€™s seat. New Mexicoâ€™s Heather Wilson will return to Congress. So, too, will Connecticutâ€™s Chris Shays. Weâ€™ll lose a handful of seats for the individual failures of certain Congressmen (hello, Curt Weldon), but we will retain control of the House.
Okay, Iâ€™m officially out on the limb. But Iâ€™m comfortable here. The paradigm has shifted. People like Stu Rothenberg are like old generals re-fighting the last war; theyâ€™re re-analyzing the last election without realizing that certain key facts on the ground have changed.
This will all be much more obvious on Wednesday in retrospect than it is today.
It would be unbearably cruel to add anything to this.