Monday, October 16, 2006

Become a Pundit, Win a Prize

People always ask me: How can I become a political pundit? The short answer is, you must be accepted into membership in the American Pundits Guild.This is a select group, created by the National Newspaper Columnists Act of 1934, which dispenses about 90 percent of this nation's punditry. (It used to be 100%, but some of it has been off-shored to India in recent years.)
The APG is headquartered – where else? -- in Washington, D.C. The current head is E. J. Dionne. His official title is Most High Priest, but we won't get into that now.
Because this is the Blog That Cares ©, I am going to once again offer you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a certified political pundit -- and win a wonderful prize!
All you must do is enter my Semi-Annual Regional Pundits Contest.
The winner will get an official APG certificate, suitable for framing, declaring him or her a Political Pundit, First Class.
You will also win a $25 gift card to Borders, which will come from my very own Pundit's Expense Account (which I will list as "Lunch with Source.")
In order to win, here is what you must do:

1. Correctly predict the winners of Pennsylvania's Nov. 7th election for Governor & U.S. Senate and list the percentage of votes each candidate gets. (For the record, the candidates for governor at Democrat Ed Rendell and Republican Lynn Swann; the candidates for U.S. Senate are Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and Republican Rick Santorum

2. As a tiebreaker, you must also predict the exact number of votes, rounded to the nearest thousand, that will be cast statewide in the race for U.S. Senate, which is the race that tops the ballot this year. (For the record, there are about 8 million registered voters in in Pennsylvania.)

Sample Entry:
Tom: I want to be a pundit! Here is my prediction for the Nov. 7th election:
Bob Casey Jr. -- 54% of the vote
Rick Santorum - 46%

Ed Rendell -- 58%
Lynn Swann - 42%

Total votes cast: 3,773,000

The deadline is 11:59 p.m., Monday, Nov. 6th.

Do not submit your entry via a posting.
Send it to my email address:
Include your name and address.

The winner will be announced in this space at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 8th. The vote total will be based upon the latest Associated Press count as of 11 a.m. that day.

Don't miss this opportunity to become a pundit. Email your entry today!


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