We opinionizers make a lot of predictions, and, inevitably, many go down in flames — particularly when we engage in the treacherous business of forecasting complicated election results. So when, with every precinct reporting in, The Post’s Kathleen Parker and Jennifer Rubin seemed to have accurately predicted the order of the top six GOP finishers in New Hampshire earlier this week — save for fourth and fifth place — the rest of us were pretty impressed.
Turns out that Parker and Rubin were so prescient, it took a couple of days for reality to catch up with them. New Hampshire’s secretary of state on Thursday certified the primary results, and the final totals show that Santorum actually narrowly edged out Gingrich for fourth. That means Parker and Rubin correctly forecast the order of all six major candidates in New Hampshire.
Sure, you could point out that, with just a handful of votes separating Santorum from Gingrich, this is just pure luck. But we’ll still be watching to see if Parker and Rubin can repeat their success predicting the results of the all-important South Carolina primary on Jan. 21. The pressure will be on — Parker is from the Palmetto State, and it’s where she began covering politics.