The Pundits are Paid to Lose Their Minds, You're Not
Political junkies are lot like sports fanatics, wearing our hearts on our sleeves and riding an emotional roller coaster throughout the campaign season. Here in the Washington DC area, Redskins fans don’t anguish over every win or loss, they anguish over ever play. Last week proved again that we political junkies are no different. The overreactions to both the first debate, and the monthly jobs report were quite telling.
But unlike political pundits, sports commentators provide a perspective of intelligence, thoughtfulness and level headedness, that is not evident in the political pundits. Political pundits are no different than us run-of-the-mill average political junkies that hang on every news story and every poll. But sports commentators who have been players, coaches or just long-time journalists don’t call for a quarterback to benched after every interception, or a coach to be fired after every loss.
So does that mean I think a bunch of ex-jocks and sports writing hacks are smarter than political pundits? In a word, Yes.
So in this final month of what will be one the most contentious Presidential campaigns in recent memory, keep your perspective. Working on campaigns I learned early one the truest lessons in politics: It’s never as good as it seems, nor ever as bad as it feels.
One debate, or one jobs report, will not be the deciding factor in this year’s race for the White House. My confidence level remains high that President Obama will indeed win a second term.
As for the first debate, on a scale of 1 to 10, I gave Romney a 47%.