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My Predictions

I know this is what you’ve all been waiting for.  My predictions for what will happen in the election next week.

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First a caveat; a warning.  Sometimes I get it wrong.  A few examples.  I thought Romney would beat Obama.  I predicted prior to the start of the baseball season that the Reds would be in the World Series.  I predicted that John McCain and Hillary Clinton would face off in the 2008 Presidential election before either one of them (or anyone else) had even announced their candidacies.  (Well, I at least got half that prediction right.)

And I’ll admit, sometimes my predictions are influenced by a dash of wishful thinking.  The heart sometimes prevails over the head.  That being said, here are my predictions for next week.  Drum roll please.

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Gaffe

I haven’t found myself agreeing with what President Obama says for quite some time now.  However, last week he made a gaffe (Washington cynics would say the definition of a gaffe is when a politician blurts out the truth) that I have to say I agree with.

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Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Seventy-five years ago (1939), Columbia Pictures released a movie, directed by the legendary Frank Capra, and starring actor Jimmy Stewart.  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the story of an idealistic, patriotic, but naïve boy scout leader who’s appointed to the United States Senate to replace a Senator who has just died.  The politically corrupt people who have him appointed assume Jefferson Smith will be their puppet, but he proves to be anything but.

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Hypocrisy

Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid has spent the last several years demonizing businessmen Charles and David Koch (pronounced Coke), usually referred to merely as “the Koch brothers.”  Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats in the House and Senate, and their mouthpieces in the media, have parroted these attacks.  Reid has mentioned the much-maligned Koch brothers more than 140 times in speeches this year alone (there are actually people who keep track of these things.)

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Harry Reid has accused them (inaccurately) of wanting to abolish Social Security, public education, Medicare, women, and being in favor of cancer.  He has accused them of attempting to “buy” our democracy.  He has accused Senate Republicans of being “addicted to Koch.”  (Get it?)  He has even called them “un-American” for allegedly giving so much money to Republicans that they’ve “corrupted our political system.”

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So when the list of the top 25 “super PACs” was released last week, you’d expect that the evil Koch brothers would have been at the top of the list, since they were, after all, supposed to be the top corruptors of our political system.  But no, they were only number eight.  The number ONE super PAC on the list, was controlled by none other than – Harry Reid himself!

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