Since it is August, Jack Abbott has been sailing on the Chesapeake. But after getting a deluge of emails from readers, he agreed to answer a few and arranged to meet his friends, Bob Carson and Evan Brett, at the Old Ebbitt last night. Once again, fictional characters are extremely unreliable and we do not vouch for this information.
Evan: I don’t know if you’ve been following the news, Jack. But a lot of the questions imply that the direction of the campaign seems pretty clear. So how about a prediction. Who do you think is going to win the election?
Jack: Seriously, if you see those good-looking folks on TV making predictions—well, let’s just say, anyone who says they know who will win at this stage in the election is spinning. Not saying there is anything wrong with spinning, of course.
It’s way too early to predict. Too many things still have to unfold before we will have an idea.
Evan: Come on, it can’t be that hard. The conventions, the debates, then the election.
Bob: Evan, are you serious? Is this your first rodeo?
Evan: I’m just asking the questions, Bob. And by the way, these are for Jack.
Bob: Fine with me. I just came for the drinks.
Jack: Well, there are lots of unknowns. We may have an uneventful three months or so. But what about the “October surprise?” We don’t know if there is something out there, something held back for maximum impact. And if there is a foreign policy crisis, it almost always inures to the sitting president. On the other hand, what if the sitting president is surprised?
Evan: So if you won’t give me a prediction, at least tell me who is in the lead right now. Is Romney ahead or Obama?
Bob:Very funny. Romney has a huge lead with white voters, but lags with women and minorities. He is polling behind in key swing states. But wait–Gallup had them even on July 30. Are any of these polls right? Are they all wrong or are some wrong and others right? Is this the dream where you are in your underwear taking the SAT?
The quality of the polls varies like the quality of Maryland crabcakes. It depends what goes in to them. Sometimes you can read the ingredients and know it’s going to be all wrong. Sometimes it looks okay, but then you can’t always tell the proportions. If you put too many republicans or democrats in there, the crabcake will be off, and so will the poll.
Oh, wait. Was that for Jack, too? What do you think, Jack?
Jack: Good answer, Bob. Evan, do you want another beer? I know you do, Bob. I’ll get the waiter.
MCL: If you have more questions for these three characters, you could hurry over to the Old Ebbitt to see if they are still there—I doubt it– or you can forward them to me. If you want to know more about these guys, check out Spin Doctor. And before you leave the site, please take a moment and vote in the VP poll.