With Florida still out we have yet to crown a winner of our election pundit predictions contest, but we have dubbed a lot of people wrong losers in the race to be the predictive champion. Now that we've outed them as poor tea leaf readers, it's time for the justification phase of pundit predictions. While some of our political talking heads are bashful, admitting that they were plain wrong, not all of these pundits want to accept the truth. Guys, take it from Romney, a noble concession speech is the way to go in these situations.
The (Sort of) Apologizers
These are our classiest losers. They were totally wrong and they admit it, even if they don't sound too-too sorry about it.
- Newt Gingrich predicted Romney would win with "at least 300 electoral votes." That obviously didn't play out. Here is what he said to CNN. "I was wrong.". Simple and true. Why? He was just looking at the wrong things. "We all thought we understood the historical pattern, and the fact that with this level of unemployment, with this level of gasoline prices what would happen." he added. "The country was looking at a different set of things than we were looking at."
- The Washington Examiner's Michael Barone at first falls under this category, too. He too said Romney would win, giving him 315 votes. He begins his concession column with some remorse. "The results are in and I was wrong when I predicted that Mitt Romney would win 315 electoral votes. For those of you who sent in nasty emails and for those who sent in reasoned arguments that I was wrong, please be assured that I will be on a diet of crow for some time," he writes.