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Thu Oct 13, 2016, 05:48 AM

 

How soon before Allan Lichtman changes his prediction?

The problem from the very start of Lichtman's pro Trump prediction, as he actually said, is that this year's Republican candidate is so "unusual" so it could throw off the historical trends upon which his predictive formula is based.

Remember that. Because I think that is just what we are seeing before our very eyes right now. This is why he gave himself this caveat this year. Make no mistake. Lichtman knew, and had already been clearly on record, saying that his model may be thrown off in this cycle because of the "unusual nature" of Trump. Well, Trump is certainly unusual. He is a confirmed sexual deviant. It doesn't get that much more unusual.

Also, I don't think Gary Johnson in the end will pull 5% but if he does, I think it will be more from registered Republicans than Democrats. It will be moderate Republicans.

But even if Johnson does get at least 5%, the thing that is really sinking Lichtman's model this year is that his model, the 13 keys, is based on a TRADITIONAL opposition candidacy, and Trump doesn't qualify as a traditional candidacy. So this will be interesting.

Meantime, get out there and vote early if you can, GOTV, write letters to the editor, donate to Hillary, and do anything you can to sink Trump and elect Hillary. We have to continue to charge hard to the finish line.

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 05:56 AM

1. I think so too

The model is based on rational agents. Rational candidates try to widen their audience during the general election, while Trump just throws out more red meat for his own voter base.

The polls do indicate that this is a losing strategy. I think Hillary just has to keep up the pressure, let Trump be Trump and go high.

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Response to Ardoewaan (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 06:06 AM

2. Mostly agree, but they do need to also keep attacking Trump as an "unfit" candidate. Every campaign

 

needs both an affirmative message and a negative message. The narrative is that Trump, on every measure, is "unfit" for the job. Americans will not elect someone that they are not comfortable with in the Oval Office. They need to keep reminding everyone that Trump is an unqualified and unfit person and could not be imagined in the office of the presidency.

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Response to RBInMaine (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 06:55 AM

3. You're right

But at this point I think that Hillary can concentrate on getting her own message across, and let others (campaign staff) attack Trump himself. That being said, I'm not a paid political strategist

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Response to Ardoewaan (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 07:17 PM

8. The candidate herself needs to do both the attack message and the positive message.

 

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 08:31 AM

4. i think johnson won't get 5%, and the model will have correctly predicted hillary.

basically, lichtman just went into a panic because he felt pressured to make the call, and instead of saying it all depended on johnson breaking 5% or not, he called it for trump and hedged in a way that cast doubt on his entire model instead of sticking to his guns.

he handled it very poorly. now even if the model turns out to have been correct all along, he's done damage to it by saying that any new election might break it. that's always true, in a sense, but that's not how you promote a model! just say the model's prediction, and if it breaks, then you talk about and maybe fix it afterwards.

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 08:54 AM

5. He will not change his prediction

His model makes the prediction, not Allan. I'm sure Allan knows Trump will lose but changing the prediction of the model would discredit Lichtman big time.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 09:00 AM

6. Several of his categories are subjective and not empirical

For example, the category about the candidate being charismatic, or the categories about the president's party having a "major" domestic or foreign policy achievement. Those criteria have never been sharply defined.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 07:26 PM

10. I'm very surprise that he says the Iran Nuclear Agreement doesn't count as a success

 

That's questionable

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Response to Cicada (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 07:16 PM

7. But he left himself TWO outs: If Johnson gets below 5% or Trump being so unusual. The model might

 

make the prediction, but he created and interprets the model. There is subjectivity with it.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 07:18 PM

9. And will it discredit him if he is wrong?

 

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Response to RBInMaine (Reply #9)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 06:18 PM

11. Not with me. A good model doesn't have to be perfect.

But if you ignore the predictions of the model to get the correct result? That would be game over. So I predict Allan will stick with predicting Trump will win according to his model.

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