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October 08, 2012


On Expectations

Hendrick Hertzberg: "During the run-up to last week's Presidential debate, the congeries of journalists, columnists, bloggers, television commentators, politicians, and 'strategists' who collectively craft the conventional wisdom reached a cautious consensus: Mitt Romney would probably do better than expected. Since it is precisely these pundits whose predictions determine expectations, Romney had to do a lot 'better than expected' in order to do better than expected. What only a few members of what might be called the expectorate (not to be confused with the electorate) expected was that Romney would do so much better than expected--and Barack Obama so much worse."












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