So, let’s spin this, shall we?
Life is supposed to be full of surprises. It wouldn’t be any fun if it didn’t confound you every once in awhile. It wouldn’t be interesting if everything went according to Hoyle. Why, it was at this point in the last election cycle that one of us -- we won’t say who [Editor’s Note: It was Jason.] -- said, “Rick Santorum is the candidate in the race that every conservative likes, but no one wants to particularly vote for." It’s a thing that can happen to anyone [Editor’s Note: And in this case it happened to Jason. Repeat, JASON.]
As Dylan Byers and MacKenzie Weinger once wrote for Politico, "Pundits and reporters are naturally wary of picking a winner in a tight election, because getting it wrong is a nightmare scenario." There’s an irony here, and in case you missed it, it’s that this assertion is, itself, incorrect.
At any rate, here at the end of this calendar year, the tradition is to pause to reflect. We’ll do so by fulfilling our obligation to you, by enumerating some of the events that caught us unawares, the things that flummoxed our senses, the scenarios that defied our credulity, and the stuff that we just plain got wrong.