Among the “self-searching questions” that Matt Labash of the Weekly Standard recommends for conservatives following President Obama’s victory:
Should our pundits be allowed to predict elections? I don’t pretend to be nearly as smart on the subject of electoral politics as Karl Rove, Charles Krauthammer, Joe Scarborough, Peggy Noonan, George Will, and a host of others. And yet some two-and-a-half months ago at the height of Paul Ryan mania, I did one thing in this very space that none of them managed to do. I correctly predicted that Obama would win. And I did it using this old-school method that few on the right seemed to favor this cycle: I read the swing-state polls, and believed them! My advice to the winger punditocracy: stop practicing how to whine about perceived liberal media/pollster bias. Start practicing how to count.
Whatever the wisdom of Labash’s counsel, its implementation could create a gigantic editorial problem. Absent liberal-media kvetching, how to fill all that air time, how to fill all those column inches?