Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Political coinage

Last week we heard that the outcome of the last home game of the Washington Redskins before the election has correctly predicted the results in the Presidential election since 1936. When the Redskins lost, so the theory went, the incumbent party lost the White House.

The Redskins lost

Bush won.

Which leads me to coin my own political axiom:

Andersen's modifier to the Redskins rule

Any correlation between a certain political outcome and an event which is not political in nature will continue to demonstrate that correlation only so long as no one makes note of that correlation.

Ah, what the hell, here's another:

Andersen's addendum to Andersen's modifier

The degree to which that correlation will be broken is proportional to the extent that people take comfort in that correlation.

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