The Campaign Spot

Safire Predicts President McCain… and Veep Bloomberg?

William Safire, a former Times Op-Ed columnist, offers his 34th annual “Office Pool” column, offering a multiple-choice test of predictions for the coming year – some sound serious, some sound wacky, and some make one want to check Safire’s medication.

The good news for John McCain fans: Safire predicts that at the dawn of 2009, America will face “creative gridlock, as President McCain finds common ground with a centrist Democratic Congress.”
The bad news for John McCain fans: He also predicts the ticket will be John McCain-Michael Bloomberg.
Mitigating those predictions: Safire admits he got 12 out of 15 predictions wrong.

Most Popular

World

Trump and the North Korean Tipping Point

The world has been stunned by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s announcement last week that he was suspending his country’s nuclear tests in preparation for the impending meeting with President Trump. Even critics have had to concede that Trump’s bellicose rhetoric since last summer regarding the North ... Read More
Politics & Policy

E Pluribus . . . Gridlock

A mantra we hear everywhere these days is that diversity is a good thing. And no doubt, it is. Diversity facilitates an exchange of ideas and opinions, and it promotes economic growth. Moreover, the alternative to diversity is to suppress the views and opinions of some subset of citizens, which is completely ... Read More
Economy & Business

Trade Misunderstandings

I was distracted by other policy topics last week but not enough not to notice Peter Navarro’s article in the Wall Street Journal, headlined “China’s Faux Comparative Advantage.” Considering Navarro’s position in the White House, it is unfortunate that it demonstrates some serious misunderstandings ... Read More