From time to time, I think of a comment left by a reader at my old haunt following the 2016 election.
I had assumed Hillary Clinton would win. He, a devout Donald Trump fan, knew with spiritual conviction that his man would prevail. When he turned out to be right, his contempt for my political acumen was incandescent. “You should be retrained as a plumber,” he sneered.
I thought of it again recently, and not just because I’m guilty of having once believed that Ron DeSantis stood a real chance of peeling away Trump’s supporters this cycle. (Maybe I should be retrained as a plumber.)
It came to mind because people like me, as a class, increasingly seem unqualified to do the job of punditry. Following the news closely and knowing a bit of history is no longer enough to understand American politics. We pundits need to be retrained as psychologists.