A pundit comes from the Hindu word for a virtuoso or expert, as a on the sitar or other instrument. The honorific is added after the name: so, Flynn pandit.
As of now, the polls are still open on the MA Senate special election. I will predict Brown over Coakley by 53-47. This is estimated by averaging the past ten polls from ten different organizations over the past couple of days; so let's see how that goes. Since the polls obviously include undecideds, I took the 50-44 average and normalized it to a sum of 100%.
Still unanswered is where the uncounted ballot boxes will be suddenly found so that the recount will show Coakley the winner.
The amusing thing is that the usual routine for a Senate vacancy is that the governor appoints a replacement who serves out the unexpired term. This was the MA law until the possibility loomed that a Republican governor might choose a replacement for John Kerry if he won the presidential election. Then a new law was passed calling for a special election. It may be unique in the nation, but under the Constitution, the state legislature has the authority to regulate elections within the state. (Not the state supreme court; an electoral matter is not a judicial matter.) When Kennedy died, a movement was made to rescind the special election law and go back to the older law, since the Commonwealth now had a safely Democratic governor. However, this was too raw even for the usual suspects and smacked of change-the-rules-so-we-win, so they gritted their teeth and went for the special election. There is now a chance that they may come to regret that.
We live in interesting times.
For the record, the past ten polls were:
|1/18/10||Politico - Insider Advantage||Coakley 43 - Brown 52|
|1/18/10||ARG||Coakley 45 - Brown 52|
|1/18/10||PJM||Coakley 42 - Brown 52|
|1/18/10||Daily KOS||Coakley 48 - Brown 48|
|1/17/10||InsideMedford-MRG||Coakley 41 - Brown 51|
|1/17/10||PPP||Coakley 46 - Brown 51|
|1/16/10||ARG||Coakley 45 - Brown 48|
|1/15/10||PJM/CrossTarget||Coakley 39 - Brown 54|
|1/14/10||Suffolk University||Coakley 46 - Brown 50|
|1/14/10||R2000||Coakley 49 - Brown 41|