Election or no election, we shall always have reporters on deadline and in need of a quick dial-a-quote, just as we shall always have pundits waiting by the phone to fulfill that need.

In other words, don’t look for professor/prognosticator Larry Sabato, omnipresent in print and broadcast throughout the campaign, or his ilk, to go gentle into that good night.

Like cornflakes and coffee, Sabato and his peers seem destined to be a part of our mornings for as far ahead as the mind can envision.

L.C.B.

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.