Sen. Scott Brown's victory is seen as vindication for some and disaster for others. Either way, it once again showed the prediction business can be dicey at best. Which is why I was surprised to open my e-mail yesterday morning and find a new round of predictions of what's going to happen between now and November.
Hello? Can you hear me now?
Tuesday's Senate election is being heard as a wake-up call to Democrats who didn't recognize the sound of people unhappy with ever-increasing debt and policies deemed increasingly liberal.
Attorney General Martha Coakley didn't open her ears to the message that it wasn't just a few rabid rabble-rousers who wanted to pull the brake.
The man who now has R-Mass. after his name did.
Sen. Scott Brown's victory is seen as vindication for some and disaster for others.
Either way, it once again showed the prediction business can be dicey at best.
Which is why I was surprised to open my e-mail yesterday morning and find a new round of predictions of what's going to happen between now and November.
According to the message, these forecasts are direct from the expert who "correctly predicted the first phase of the global financial collapse," so I decided I shouldn't dismiss them out of hand, even if the message was sent by one of my favorite sources for column and blog fodder: Exopolitics.com.
The folks at Exopolitics are the ones who call presidents on the carpet for covering up the presence of extraterrestrials among us. And hiding proof there are Americans living on Mars.
But, really, what they have to say isn't any wackier than the urgent electronic missives that filled my inbox day and night for the past three weeks.
Quasi-reputable committees, bloggers, public relations firms and relentless crackpots had a grand time railing on how to interpret every word, nod, action or inaction from Coakley and Brown. Then sending a dozen responses to whatever the other side might have sent. Followed by accusations of wrongdoing, malfeasance and out-and-out lies.
By the time Tuesday rolled around, the only accusation not leveled against Brown or Coakley by out-of-state spin machines was responsibility for kidnapping the Lindbergh baby in 1932.
I was pleasantly surprised Exopolitics' e-mail did not offer evidence Brown and Coakley are actually Reptilians or Conformers - two of the extraterrestrial races that have allegedly been meeting with U.S. military brass.
And really, I have no big problem with the fact that, based on his reading of the Mayan calendar, this expert predicts "an end to the perceived value of money in its paper and electronic formats." I wouldn't mind paying for gas and groceries with a smile.
It was a bit disheartening to learn the expert foresees "the collapse of the U.K.-U.S. axis of western domination," but the good news is "these social breakdowns are part of a period of transformation to a new era, characterized by sharing...and by higher human universal consciousness."
I'm not sure what planet the Exopolitics expert inhabits, but I have a feeling it isn't Earth.
Look, I want to believe the best in my species, but I don't see a major shift toward higher human universal consciousness manifesting itself.
Not on a planet where the Golden Globe awards show was aired while hundreds of thousands of Haitians struggled to cling to life.
I've got nothing against Meryl Streep, but was it really necessary to hold a ceremony so she could get another award Sunday? Or see what Jennifer Aniston would wear on the red carpet this time?
I suppose that could be counteracted by this Friday's scheduled "Hope for Haiti" telethon featuring performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z and Taylor Swift. And the fact so many countries and charities have pledged to help the Caribbean nation devastated by last week's earthquake and rattled by yesterday's massive aftershock.
So maybe the Exopolitics expert will be right.
He couldn't be more wrong than pundits who foresaw a landslide win for Coakley not so long ago.
And maybe, just maybe, this time the vow to change "business as usual" in Washington might get some traction.
Even though a whole lot of folks on both sides of the aisle have embarked on such missions, and bills such as those designating a National Asparagus Day are still likely to be laden with pork.
This week, a majority of Massachusetts voters pinned their hopes for change on Brown.
He will be in Washington to represent the interests of all Bay Staters, not just registered Republicans, not just those who believe health care reform must be stopped.
He will need to listen to opinions that align perfectly with his, and opinions that seem as alien as an Exopolitics claim.
Here's hoping his hearing remains as keen as the majority of voters feel it's been in the past month.
Julia Spitz can be reached at 508-626-3968 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Check metrowestdailynews.com for the Spitz Bits blog.
The opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the newspaper.