Monday, October 23, 2006

Another prediction

Let's look at the ledger and see how the Republicans are at predicting things. They said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They said the war would last, "six days, six weeks, certainly not six months." They said we would be greeted as liberators. They said the oil revenues would pay for the war. They said it wouldn't take hundreds of thousands of troops to secure the country. They said there is almost no historical evidence of Sunni and Shiites having animosity towards each other. They said the mission was accomplished. They said the insurgency was in its last throes. They said after Saddam was captured it was a turning point. They said when Uday and Qusay were killed it was a turning point. They said when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed it was a turning point. They said after elections and forming a government and writing a constitution it was a turning point. I'm sure I've forgotten (repressed is more like it) other similar and objectively incorrect predictions by the delusionally self-confident Republicans but you get the point.

Why do I bring this up? Because another prediction has been handed down by the predictor-in-chief. "President Bush gently admonished his father for saying he hates to think what life would be like for his son if the Democrats win control of Congress in the November 7 election. It was the latest sign of possible strain in the relationship between the two men. "He shouldn't be speculating like this, because -- he should have called me ahead of time and I'd tell him they're not going to (win)," a smiling Bush told ABC "This Week" in an interview broadcast on Sunday. "They're not going to win." Marvelous. And smiling when saying it. Either he knows something that we don't - like the election results are already in the electronic voting machines or Bob Woodward's book, "State of Denial" understands the case. Neither is very comforting but given their track record at predicting I think this one will be added to the pile of demonstrably wrong and delusionally optimistic predictions despite empirical evidence to the contrary. Here's hoping.


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