‘Redskins Rule’ Predicts Outcome Of Presidential Election

'Redskins Rule' Predicts Outcome Of Presidential ElectionThe Carolina Panthers beat the Redskins in Washington on Sunday, which should translate into a win for Mitt Romney on Election Day, if history is any indication. How do we figure? It’s the remarkably accurate Redskins Rule that forecasts the result of presidential elections.

‘Correct 17 out of 18 times’

Here’s what the Redskins Rule means: If the Redskins win their last home game before the presidential election, then the incumbent party retains the White House. If the Redskins lose, then the incumbent party is voted out. The Redskins Rule has been correct 17 of 18 times. The Panthers, who entered Sunday with a five-game losing streak, won 21-13 at FedEx Field thanks in part to four sacks of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The rule traces all the way back to 1940, the first presidential election year in which the Redskins were playing in Washington. But it wasn’t discovered until 2000 when Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau was doing research in advance of the Monday Night Football game between the Redskins and Titans in Washington a week before the election.


‘Prelude to the election’

The only exception has been 2004 when the Redskins lost to the Packers. According to the rule, that meant incumbent president George W. Bush should’ve lost the election to John Kerry. But after Bush won, Hirdt fine-tuned the language of the rule to account for this blip. But even without the revision, a 94.4 percent success rate is difficult to ignore.

In that same time frame, the result of the World Series has also been cited as a prelude to the election. The correlation is simple. If an American League team wins the World Series, then it follows that the Republican will take the election. If a National League team wins, then it’s good news for the Democratic candidate. This rule has held true in 13 of the 18 elections — 72.2 percent — including the past three. With the National League champion Giants sweeping the Tigers in the World Series, that is a positive omen for Obama.

Are you in favor of the Redskins Rule or the World Series Rule? Obama or Romney?

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Fox News Slams Paul Ryan’s Speech In 3 Words

1. Dazzling

Paul Ryan’s primary job tonight was to introduce himself and make himself seem likeable, and he did that well. The personal parts of the speech were very personally delivered, especially the touching parts where Ryan talked about his father and mother and their roles in his life. And at the end of the speech, when Ryan cheered the crowd to its feet, he showed an energy and enthusiasm that’s what voters want in leaders and what Republicans have been desperately lacking in this campaign.

2. Deceiving

On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. Elections should be about competing based on your record in the past and your vision for the future, not competing to see who can get away with the most lies and distortions without voters noticing or bother to care. Both parties should hold themselves to that standard. Republicans should be ashamed that there was even one misrepresentation in Ryan’s speech but sadly, there were many.


3. Distracting

And then there’s what Ryan didn’t talk about. Ryan didn’t mention his extremist stance on banning all abortions with no exception for rape or incest, his previous plan to hand over Social Security to Wall Street, his numerous votes to raise spending and balloon the deficit when George W. Bush was president, and how his budget would eviscerate programs that help the poor and raise taxes on 95% of Americans in order to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires even further and increase — yes, increase —the deficit.

At the end of his speech, Ryan quoted his dad, who used to say to him, “”Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.”

What is your take on Paul Ryan’s speech — were you dazzled or deceived? Did it have a positive or a negative influence on your vote? Air out your thoughts in the comment box below!

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