Oct 15, 2008

Say It Ain't So, Rachel

I don't follow MSNBC or Air America closely, so maybe this is old news. But in last week's L Magazine I couldn't help noticing that the best liberal news host around remains skeptical about her own side's prospects:
I’m bad at making predictions. I am also a kid who was born in 1973 and came to sentience in the era of Reagan and has only seen the election of three Democrats over the course of my lifetime—Carter once and Clinton twice—so I’m inherently cynical about Democratic electoral prospects. I did not predict, for example, the Democrats would win the Senate in 2006, and they did. They barely did it, but they did. With all of those caveats, I think that John McCain is going to win. Then again, I also thought Hillary Clinton would stay in until Denver—oh wait, she kinda did. I’m not sure what value my prediction has at this point, but my cynical, liberal gut tells me that the Republicans will figure it out again.

I mean, giving her the benefit of the doubt, maybe this interview was done a few weeks before the second presidential debate or something. But I'm kind of in the Yglesias complacency camp at the moment.

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