HOT BLAST: Gestating elephants and future elections
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President Obama and Hillary Clinton at lunch Monday. (AP photo)
President Obama and Hillary Clinton at lunch Monday. (AP photo)
After her lunchtime visit with President Obama this week at the White House, Hillary Clinton is all the rage among prognosticators who spend their time thinking about elections still years away.

But this isn't about Clinton. This is about those darned prognosticators.

On Tuesday, Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post opined about our nation's growing fascination with future elections -- and by future, we don't mean 2016. We mean elections and other events far off in the future. For those types, nothing in politics is so far away that it can't be analyzed.

With humor, Petri writes, "... (C)an we put a hold on this 2016 speculation? Nate Silver points out that all pundits are useless wastes of space, and the sooner we start speculating, the more obvious this will become to everyone.

"If we can’t stop speculating cold turkey, allow me to propose a guideline. Call it the Elephant Rule: don’t speculate on the election until that election is one elephant gestation period away."

On a related note, last week I actually had a thought about the 2016 municipal elections in Anniston. Guess I'm one of those hopeless prognosticators.

-- Phillip Tutor

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