Oct 14, 2008

Season of the Political Witch

With a nonsensical title like this, readers can expect Philip R. Klein's latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review to be more of the"same old think, over and over and over again."

Typically, Philip portrays himself as a political insider in a condescending manner to his readers:

Now for those of you not in the business - there is a tradition that some of those in the business do in the fall. That is some of us have little side bets that we all make on who and what will win and happen.

If publishing a badly-written blog filled with hate speech, half-truths, outright lies, unsubstantiated rumor, rampant racism, libelous remarks, and biased, wingnut opinions counts as being "in the business," then I suppose Philip is indeed a shrewd political consultant. I wonder if Bugs Coe has an opinion on this matter, or is he busy with those 27,000 cases that were to overturned in Hardin County? 

Given that Philip has an accuracy rate of only 37.5 percent in predicting recent elections, readers can probably place their side bets against Philip and make a bundle.   Here's another post mortem on Philip's post mortem.  Some advice: make sure you see the color of Philip's money before making a wager with him.

Regarding his predictions, we'll revisit in November:

  • We are giving 2-1 on Obama!
  • Nick Lampson acting like a conservative in drag - may just pull this mother out.
  • Tuffy will beat Hunter.
  • Ed Cain has the lead.
  • Brent Plunk should win it.
  • Cornyan will another six.

Surely a connected politico like Philip R. Klein would know that Judge Plunk's first name is Britt, not Brent, and that the Junior Senator from Texas is John Cornyn, not John Cornyan.

I'll note that even if Obama wins the Presidency, Philip still gets no credit for this prediction. Readers will remember that he changed his original prediction made on Aug. 31, 2007:

Welcome Mr. President - Fred Thompson enters the race.

Philip committed a rookie mistake by believing the hype. As it turned out, Thompson dropped out of the race after the first primary.  Oops! Or is that "Opps," Philip? And, if McCain wins, Philip misses that prediction twice!

Since Philip enjoys missing information, here's a race that he failed to mention:

  • Mayor for the City of Groves: Billy Job vs. incumbent Brad Bailey

Philip's silence is deafening, considering his past history with Billy Job.  While we're on the subject of predictions, I promised to revisit these:

Per Barrel (May 9, 2008) - Estimated at $150 per by August 1. It will make it. And $5 per gallon is coming. There is no stopping it.

Oil (May 16, 2008) - Will go to $200 Per Barrel and Gas Will Be At $5.00 per by July. That is what they are saying. Go figure.

Crude and Gas (June 27, 2008) - By end of summer $200 per barrel and $7 a gallon. Drill now.

$200 By The End of Summer (July 11, 2008)  - Washington Whispers. That means gas at 7 per gallon.

If DC insiders were truly whispering to Mr. Politico, I suspect they were saying, "You are an idiot."

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