Time for a quick quiz. Who here finished all his grading today and, with the exception of scraping his carcass out of bed tomorrow morning to go to graduation, has now officially started his summer break? If you answered me, you’re right! So let’s get caught up on some blogging.
We start on a light note. Ever wondered who the most accurate political prognosticator is? Well, according to this study, it’s Paul Krugman. Surprise! In fact, here are the top six: Krugman, Maureen Dowd, Ed Rendell, Chuck Schumer, Kathleen Parker and Nancy Pelosi. Notice anything? Except for Parker, all of them hail from the left end of the spectrum. Actually, I was disappointed to see Dowd in the list, since for various reasons she’s one of my least favorite pundits. But otherwise I see little surprising here.
And the bottom five? Starting from the bottom, we have Cal Thomas, Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman, Carl Levin, and Sam Donaldson. All of these folks were wrong more often than they were right. Notice that the bottom two are both hard right-wingers, with the odious Lieberman winning the bronze for unreliability.
Now, there are certainly all sorts of reasons to be skeptical that these results have any great significance. I only skimmed the study itself, which acknowledges many of the obvious difficulties. Just so there is no misunderstanding, I am linking to this study simply because it supports what I already believed anyway.