On Face the Nation, Sunday, CBS News host Bob Schieffer, asked panelists who they thought would win. Predictably, the Republican pundit, Rich Lowry, said it would be a very close race, but that Romney would prevail, (big surprise). On the Democratic side, former Clinton spokeswoman, Dee Dee Myers, was more cautious: "If the 'president wins, 'I think it will be extremely close." At least Myers tried to show much-needed deference.
I'm a political junkie and love Presidential politics. I'm also fascinated how transparently non-transparent the political pundits display their leanings. Annoyed too. The best is Peggy Noonan, a columnist for the Wall St. Journal and a GOP stalwart. Noonan tries to make it appear as if she's objective, but her heart is Republican. On the same program, she conceded that the president got a bump from the hurricane back east. How thought-provoking, Peggy.
Today and tonight, all the pundits will tell you who will win. They don't have a clue. Really, nobody does. CNN's David Gergen said as much on Sunday, I'll give him that. Gergen, who talks sometimes in a tone of voice suggesting the second coming, is about as close to being neutral as there is, (he's worked for both Clinton and the elder Bush). But Gergen is in the minority.
Pundits don't always have to be right. Few are. They're first and foremost hired to show some political acumen and expert analysis. Gloria Borger, a CNN regular, is clearly a Democratic-leaning pundit, but tries to evoke the opposite. She fails miserably, yet I like listening and looking at her.
I'm avoiding the cable outlets Monday. I'll begin watching on late afternoon, Tuesday when Wolf Blitzer will call Florida. Yes, it will be close, probably. The polls, almost all of them have it neck and neck. The right-wing press says it could be a Romney landslide, which it could be. Or couldn't.
Avoid: Candi Crowley. Al Sharpton. Chris Matthews. Brit Hume. Chris Wallace. Limbaugh. Levin, (duh on both those!) Think C-SPAN for a change. And sniff a little KQED Radio.
Vote tomorrow. And turn off cable on Monday unless you're watching the football game. Tuesday, about 5 o'clock is gametime. The Situation Room is being fumigated.
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