Under the headline "Tulips for Mike Allen," a post here on Friday noted the trend in the election predictions of the influential Politico Playbook, a daily morning email from the indefatigable Michael Allen:
Playbook, October 20: "PLAYBOOK ODDS FIXING: If the election were held today, we forecast a Republican pickup of 47 House seats (39 needed for majority; net gain could reach 55)"
Playbook, October 26: "PLAYBOOK ODDS FIXING: Republicans net 51 House seats (39 needed for control)" Mocks as "Tulip Craze" Republican predictions of gains of 62 or 64 seats.
Playbook, October 29: "PLAYBOOK ODDS FIXING: GOP gains 59 in House (39 needed for majority)."
Now Mr. Allen has released his final pre-election prediction: Playbook, November 2, 2010: "PLAYBOOK final odds fixing - House: GOP gains at least 65."