Wednesday, January 23, 2008

GIANTS VS. "GREATRIOTS" II: SUPER BOWL! (PS, I'm Back!)

Update: SUPERBOWL XLII MEDIA KICKOFF: Belichick, Brady, and Bundchen Invade NY; Romo Breaks Up With Simpson - at NEXTLEAV!

Well, I'm back, after scrambling to get a new PC for a few torturous weeks. Just in time to predict a Giants victory in the Super Bowl. I'm glad I recanted my Christmas prediction that they wouldn't make it all the way before my PC crashed. The Giants have been getting better every week in the post-season. They almost beat the Pats in the final regular-season game. If anyone can destroy their dreams of perfection, it's the New York Football Giants. Remember the look on Jerry Jones' face when they beat Dallas, and the historical hopes they crushed in Green Bay. Each week, the stakes have gotten higher, and the Giants have prevailed. They will again, on Feb. 3rd.

Previous GIANTS posts:

The GIANTS vs. the "GREATRIOTS": The NFL Network Caved, and Showed a Great Game

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS: I WISH I GOT THESE WHEN I WAS 12!

Now that I have a new PC, I'll try to get back to writing about politics, culture, and international relations more frequently.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

IOWA CAUCUSES: Novak's Predictions, and Are They Too Early?

I can't predict squat about the Iowa caucuses, so I'll just post Bob Novak's predictions, from the latest ENPR (linked here). We'll know soon how accurate Mr. Novak is, and read the whole thing to analyze his reasoning.

Republicans:

1st Place: Mitt Romney

2nd Place: Mike Huckabee
3rd Place: Fred Thompson
4th Place: John McCain

Democrats:

1st Place: Barack Obama
2nd Place: John Edwards
3rd Place: Hillary Clinton
4th Place: Bill Richardson

I don't put much stock in the Iowa caucuses, in any case. Forcing folks to "caucus" for their second choice is unseemly. It makes for interesting political theater, though. This is shaping up to be a very competitive race, in both parties.

I still don't know who I'm going to vote for on Feb. 5th, so I don't envy those poor souls in Iowa today. This early primary season is not a good thing. It's going to leave a long time for the nominees to screw up, in some way. I'll bet at least one party gets "buyer's remorse" before the conventions, but won't be able to act on it.

That actually happened with Kerry, to a degree, though he still got more general election votes than Gore did, 4 years earlier. It could happen on either side, this year. Whatever happens in Iowa, the nominees should be known after the Feb. 5th "Super-Duper" primary day, at the latest.

There's a slim chance that the GOP race may not be decided by then, but I can't speculate on the different ways that might happen. I'll write about it, if it happens. As I implied above, I preferred the longer primary season. I have a feeling that "those days are gone."

Thanks to Mr. Novak, for the predictions, and a hat tip to the DRUDGE REPORT (find it yourself!), for the link.