I guess the primaries are going to rev up any day now, so it is time to make a bunch of predictions about this awful election. If things go terribly you can blame me; if things go well you can point and laugh at my poor predicting skills. I will offer confidences in the following predictions, but I am no rationalist superpredictor.
- Biden will win the nomination, because he is the establishment candidate. (60%)
- There will be the usual grievous infighting in the Democratic party from the Bernie Bros and Warren Sisters because of this. A bunch of democrats will refuse to campaign/stay home as a result. (80%)
- The Republicans will push the “Creepy Uncle Joe” narrative hard. (70%, conditional on him getting the nomination)
- The Republicans will take the many negative traits we tend to apply to Trump and apply them to the Democratic nominee instead. They will work as hard as they can to suppress the Democractic vote and get it to stay home, especially in swing states. (80%)
- Biden will win the popular vote by a margin larger than Hillary got, but thanks to our friend Gerry Mander* (and its institution the Electoral College) it won’t make any difference. Trump will be re-elected. (40%)
- There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (90%)
- Mitch McConnell will lose his seat, because the spotlight is finally on him (60%)
- The Democrats will keep the House (65%)
- The Democrats will take the Senate (60%)
- We will all be sick and tired of this election campaign by November (80%)
What would I like to have happen? That’s a very different kettle of fish.
Thus ends my delusional prognosticating. Hopefully I will shut up about the election now.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if THIS was the post that finally alienates everybody and gets me cancelled from the blogosphere?
* I should probably amend this to say that I am an idiot; in most states (but not all) gerrymandering for the presidency is not much of an issue, because votes are tallied state-wide. Maybe this means I should rate the Democrats winning the House/Senate lower?