Political Punditry Is Appealing Profession

No heavy lifting and no accountability

If you are looking for something to be when you grow up, you might want to consider political punditry.

Besides not requiring any manual or mental heavy lifting, the other great thing about political punditry is that there is no accountability.

Really, you can bloviate on any subject, and no matter how wrong you may turn out to be, you never have to do any 'splainin because no one will hold you to it.

Except for this time.

Prior to Tuesday's presidential election, the Washington Post's Wonkblog and the website Politico, compiled the predictions of several high profile pundits. Here is how some of them called the Electoral College (the actual result was Obama 332, Romney 206).

Nate Silver, the guru to whom all numbers crunchers bow: Obama 332, Romney 206.

Ross Douthat, NYT's columnist: Obama 271, Romney 267

George Will, Washington Post columnist: Romney 303, Obama 217. And just because I enjoy writing this so much, let me repeat that George Will had it: Romney 303, Obama 217.

Markos Moulitsas, founder of the website The Daily Kos: Obama 332, Romney 206.

Karl Rove, aka "Bush's Brain:" Romney 285, Obama 253.

Dick Morris, Fox News commentator: Romney 325, Obama 213.

Jim Cramer, CNBC: Obama 440, Romney 98.

And last but not least, from the undisputed king of all blowhard-ary, Rush Limbaugh: "Three hundred plus electoral votes for Romney."

2012 Campaign Awards

The envelopes please:

Best Hair: Callista Gingrich, an architectural marvel.

Best Makeup: Mitt Romney.

Best Nickname: Mittens.

Best Comeback: Big Bird.

Best Musical Score: Barack Obama, "Let's Stay Together."

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