How out of it was Bay News 9's Chris Ingram?

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Just as Andrew Sullivan takes George Will to task, I’ll use the same words (and must give credit to Sullivan as I always do) to say the same about Chris Ingram.

Just a reminder of one specific prediction before the election:

“…my crystal ball says Mitt Romney will win the popular vote with 50 percent of the vote to Obama’s 49 percent, with 1 percent going to other candidates. In the tally that matters, Obama will receive 253 votes and Mitt Romney will win 285  — 15 more than the required 270; Romney picking up the Obama-carried swing states of Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and New Hampshire.”

A question: If someone is that out of touch with reality, why are they given jobs as analysts on television or the newspapers? If a dentist drilled into your forehead rather than your tooth, he’d be accountable. Those paid handsomely to examine the American social and political landscape can miss by the same mile and blithely carry on as if nothing had happened.

At the very least, these conservative intellectuals need to explain their simply staggering ignorance of the country they live in, why they refused to believe the data, why they insisted that America was still where it was in 1980. If they really had integrity, an error of this magnitude, repeated with such emphasis, in the face of overwhelming evidence, up to the day before it was revealed as a total mirage, would prompt them to quit their current jobs and do something more useful.

Will Chris?

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