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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
A year later, I’m still gloating over election predictions by conservative pundits
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is ...
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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Gloat

As I look back on the presidential election of a year ago today, I’m still amazed at the extent to which voters defied the predictions made by so many presumably respectable conservative commentators. The pundits to which I refer weren’t just wrong. They were waaay wrong.

Their problem, I think, was that they allowed their hearts to overrule their heads. That’s something I try to avoid in making political predictions. As a disciple of polling analysts Nate Silver, Sam Wang and Drew Linzer, I was confident on election eve that Barack Obama would win a second term by a fairly ...

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