Still, it would be nice to see the press try to exercise a little more restraint when it comes to offering predictions about the meaning of events — if for no other reason than that, however astute and well-informed they seem at the moment, they have a disturbing tendency to be proved wrong. As Jonathan Bernstein put it recently, while discussing fallout from the Massachusetts race: “Sometimes, the best prognostication anyone can give is: wait around and see.”

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Greg Marx is an associate editor at CJR. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.