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December 30, 2006

Let Him Get His Glasses

Turns out William Safire can't see the future. I guess this means he doesn't shoot laser beams from his eyes either?

December 30, 2006 | Permalink


Bill Safire does not need to see the future. Instead, Mr. Safire simply pays someone to see it for him.

Someone in the Cayman Islands, British Channel Islands, and/or Bermuda.

As to the final question, I worry not how historians will see Mr. Bush. Instead, I worry about how Mr. Bush - and Mr. Cheney - see themselves.

Posted by: Mark Raven | Dec 30, 2006 7:41:55 AM

I'm glad someone finally pointed this out - I'd point out that this year's Oscar prediction leaves out Dreamgirls, which is just dumb.

Posted by: weboy | Dec 30, 2006 10:06:24 AM

And just how darned hard was it to predict that the "conventional" assumption for 2008 is Hillary v. St. John?

Posted by: Cal Gal | Dec 30, 2006 3:39:47 PM

This is just another example of how the meta of punditry works. Safire, in making these predictions, which clearly reflect his own biases and hopes, is not actually making predictions. He is trying to move the outcome in his favored direction by injecting his preferences into the discourse. It's basically the same thing as saying, a la concern trolls, "Democrats need to be careful to avoid the perception that they are weak on defense," which, of course, helps create the perception that they are weak on defense. "Sleeper bestsellers" is classic. Now that you've heard of this sleeper book that I like, maybe you will buy it.

Posted by: bobbo | Dec 30, 2006 7:01:55 PM

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