Join @HeartlandInst staff for Election predictions and results

The Heartland Institute is a free-market think tank based in Chicago. To help kick off their new blog, they’re having a contest of skill and daring and no small risk to life and limb:

We’re having an Election Night prediction contest on our new blog, Somewhat Reasonable. We are giving away signed copies of P.J. O’Rourke’s new book, “Don’t Vote, It Only Encourages the Bastards” to those who most closely guess in the comments section of this blog post the makeup of the House and Senate.

There should be some amount of hilarity involved, from the sample so far.

They’ve got a highly ironic prize. P.J. O’Rourke came to Chicago a little while back for a book signing.

Clicky linky and let the bloodsport commence.

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Heartland’s Election Night Predictions

As they come in, I’ll be posting Election Night predictions from Heartland staffers. To get things started, here are mine:

Jim Lakely

Senate: GOP 51, Dem 49

Murkowski will not come close to stealing away Joe Miller’s victory in Alaska. She will concede on Election night.

House: GOP picks up 66 seats.

Other miscellany:

  • Keith Olbermann hides under his desk in the fetal position by 9 p.m. EDT.

  • Rachel Maddow calls the Tea Party racist, wonders on the air how America let the Klan take over the government.

  • Chris Matthews shockingly pins the blame for this electoral disaster squarely on Obama for over-reaching, and says, on the whole, it’s a good thing for Democrats that Nancy Pelosi has been de-fanged.
Senate: 51 Dems, GOP 49

House: GOP picks up 68 seats

  • A woman will become Governor of California
  • MSNBC will blame the election on George W. Bush
  • Brady Quinn wins the Illinois Governorship in an unprecedented landslide
  • Karl Rove will continue to be annoying in his analysis
  • Paul Krugman will blame the Democrats election day losses on a “lack of spending and government intervention”



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