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Prognosticators October 4, 2009

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.
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Be wary of crystal ball seers. Two recent examples: Saturn and Palin.

1. GM decided to kill its popular, and ought-to-be-profitable Saturn car line, to the chagrin of loyal customers and potential investors. We, however, are not surprised. This company now run by brain numb college boys was a major force in U.S. industry throughout the 20th century. The bored of directors (misspelling intentional) made increasingly stupid decisions in the past ten years, finally resulting in the decimation of the company and a huge bankruptcy. What makes anyone think they could smarten up and recognize Saturn’s potential? Those people cannot find their tushes with both hands.

2. Now, Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s former chief campaign strategist, said that if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were to be the Republican nominee in 2012, it would be “catastrophic” for the Republican Party. “I think that she has talents, but my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she to be the nominee, we would have a catastrophic election result.”

Perhaps we should listen to Steve. Oh, forget that he was a key person in putting Palin on the McCain ticket. Forget that he and Palin disagreed a lot. Forget that he leaked the “going rogue” quote to the press during the campaing, criticising Palin. Forget that he alone probably did more to screw up McCain’s chances than even McCain could do. Remember only that he is the Master of the Universe at knowing catastrophes when he sees them, having created a huge one not long ago as McCain’s chief strategist.


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