I rarely comment on Ogden's syndicated columnists -- I usually have other local, state and national issues that I can write about. This one deserves a post, however.
Ogden's columnists, except for former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (who can sometimes be found in the Friday News-Register), usually run the gamut from right-wing to far-right on the political spectrum. Among those is Kathleen Parker.
Making its way around the internet are two paragraphs from an old column by Parker written immediately before the 2016 presidential election. Parker’s column is about what would likely happen if either Clinton or Trump won the election. From that column:
If Trump wins, he’ll be held more or less in check by the House and Senate because that’s the way our system of government is set up. Not even Republicans are eager to follow Trump’s lead.
There won’t be a wall. He won’t impose any religion-based immigration restrictions, because even Trump isn’t that lame-brained. He’ll dress up and behave at state dinners and be funny when called upon. He’ll even invite the media to the White House holiday party. He won’t nuke Iran for rude gestures. He won’t assault women. He and Vladimir Putin will hate each other, respectfully.
Okay, at one time or another, we’ve all made terrible predictions. In just 99 words, however, Parker makes nine predictions and the only one (at least for now) that hasn’t been proven wrong is that Trump will not nuke Iran.
Has Parker gotten better at predictions?
Today, the News-Register published her most recent column that was originally published last Friday. In the column, Parker discusses Trump's assassination of Soleimani and the growing crisis with Iran. Here’s an excerpt:
Reactions around the world will be interesting to observe, if not very surprising. More testosterone-venting; more pistol-cocking; more threats, taunts and, yes, probably, violence. Here at home, partisans brawled and bloviated as expected. . . .
I have cable news on as I write this – it would appear that we’ve moved beyond testosterone-venting.
Given her prediction record, why does any newspaper print her columns?