Monday, January 18, 2016

Quote of the day: On being superior

That massive long-ago mistake has instilled in me a quality that is sadly too rare in today’s political journalism — humility.

- Walter Shapiro of Roll Call, recalling the night he blew the 1984 New Hampshire Democratic primary call for Newsweek. I don't know if he's ever flubbed a primary prediction since, but at least he's now able to reflect with some modesty that humility like his is a pretty rare thing in his line of work. So I suppose that must ease the sting of that memory at least a little.

Perhaps he meant it in the Hemingway sense.

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