The EFM Feature

Well, you guys, I feel compelled to write down what I think’s going to happen this week — for what little it’s worth. Here goes!
1. Governor Romney will win Florida on the strength of his full-spectrum conservatism, his credentials as an economic turnaround artist, and the support of ex-Fredheads.
2. Ex-Fredheads for Mitt will be dubbed “the other EFM.”
3. Senator McCain will come in second. Reporters will still not realize that most real people are not obsessed with endorsements.
4. Mayor Giuliani will do better than expected, largely due to absentee ballots. All those who pronounced his campaign dead will feel the way I did after doing the same to Senator McCain’s over the summer.
5. He and Senator McCain will again split the moderate vote on Super Tuesday.
6. Some people will start asking themselves, “Dude, what were we thinking with that Huckabee thing?”
7. In a few months, we’ll all look back on Florida and thank Senator McCain for raising this ridiculous Iraq charge, because it marked the beginning of the end of the effectiveness of the “flip flop” meme. Throughout this campaign, various opponents have capitalized on Governor Romney’s acknowledged change of heart on abortion to tack on various other issues, most of which aren’t really flip flops. (Among these is the charge that he was sympathetic to “gay marriage” before fighting it post-Goodridge.) But this one takes the cake in terms of asininity, and it will be the first time someone wasn’t just able to add a flip flop to the list. The bad, factually-challenged habit will thus be broken — and denied to the Democrats.
8. Heartened by Governor Romney’s victory, Steven D. Muscatello will come out from under his law books and start blogging again.
9. Nancy’s vote in the Feb. 5 Tennessee primary — with Senator Thompson out of the race — will actually matter. So will mine in the Feb. 12 Virginia primary. That’s pretty cool.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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