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Pundit Shaming grows, but still only one think tanker

If you haven’t seen it already, there’s a Tumblr that started the day after the election taking the words of the punditocracy and showing exactly how off the mark they were. Hence, Pundit Shaming

The entries have grown to more than two dozen and include Newt Gingrich, Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer, but only one think tanker makes the list so far: American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Barone

He made his way to Pundit Shaming for his National Review column, “Prediction: Romney Beats Obama, Handily.” 

But this may be a case of a headline being more sensational than the passage

Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections. That’s bad news for Barack Obama. True, Americans want to think well of their presidents, and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president.

But it’s also true that most voters oppose Obama’s major policies and consider the very sluggish economic recovery unsatisfactory — Friday’s job report showed an unemployment uptick.

Also, both national and target-state polls show that independents — voters who don’t identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans — break for Romney.

I would have thought Barone’s state-by-state electoral college predictions would have produced more ammunition, but maybe that’s too long for a Tumblr post.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.



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