Laffer’s Laughable Prediction
Via The Hill: Economist: GOP may win 47 states in general election
Supply-side economist Arthur Laffer is predicting Republicans will win the White House in a landslide this year, regardless of the nominee.
“I would be surprised if the Republicans don’t take 45, 46, 47 states out of the 50,” Laffer told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 on Sunday.
“I mean, I think we’re going to landslide this election.”
Allowing that predicting the future is tricky, and also allowing that one could produce scenarios in which the Republicans win in November, it would take some pretty powerful intoxicants to convince me that the GOP has a shot at a 45+ state landslide.
If one looks at the 2012 map and then gives the GOP Florida, Ohio, AND Virginia but leaving everything else the same for 2016, the Democrats still win 272 electoral votes (go here to play with the numbers).
Of course, Laffer’s credibility goes to (dare I say), Laffability with statements like:
“When I look at these candidates, I don’t see one of them who wouldn’t do a great job as president,” he said.“I think Donald Trump is phenomenal, I think Rand Paul has done a great job, I even like Jeb Bush — I think Jeb Bush is great, he did a wonderful job in Florida,” he added. “Chris Christie – phenomenal.”