Betting markets in everything

by on January 24, 2012 at 1:17 am in Current Affairs, Political Science | Permalink

From the Irish:

You can also bet on which cliché Obama will use first in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address…

The long list is here.  Favored is “We have more work to do” while “Life is a box of chocolates” comes in at only 250-1.

For the pointer I thank A.

anonymous... January 24, 2012 at 2:29 am

That’s not a serious list. He will say “God bless America” (actually “God bless the United States of America”) in his final sentence, so it can’t possibly occur first. He delivers the speech in front of Congress, so diplomacy precludes him calling them a “do-nothing Congress” to their faces. “I have a dream” would bring an intellectual property lawsuit from the children of Martin Luther King Jr.

Tom January 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

Well, he’s shown he’s willing to insult the Supreme Court for his own mistake…

Careless January 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

“I have a dream” would bring an intellectual property lawsuit from the children of Martin Luther King Jr.

Good luck with that. I mean, I could make a really snarky argument about the State of the Union speech being about money for politicians, but I don’t think that’s going to win them a court case.

anon January 24, 2012 at 6:15 am

He delivers the speech in front of Congress, so diplomacy precludes him calling them a “do-nothing Congress” to their faces.

Hahahaha. He’ll look to the R side when he says or implies it. And maybe at the 3 Pauls (Rand, Ron and Ryan).

But if his past “diplomatic” practice is any guide, he’ll bow down to our enemies. Just sayin.

And please, don’t you Rs pile on. Your 2 major candidates offer more of the same, more jaw-jaw.

The best a libertarian can hope for is a divided government with a LOT of gridlock and partisan posing.

Tom January 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

Just for clarification, is it just the Rs who are the enemy, or is America in general? I’d say the latter, past practice being a guide, and all that.

anon January 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

America in general?

+1

dearieme January 24, 2012 at 6:19 am

Wot, no odds against “The American Dream”? How odd.

Brent January 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

If the State of the Union worked anything like the actual U.S. government, the presidential speech writer would place a bet on the phrase with the longest odds, and then write that phrase into the speech in the first paragraph or so. The president would become aware of it, but turn a blind eye to reward his faithful followers.

Urso January 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

No “let me be clear?” These guys have obviously never heard Obama speak. I like the idea of taking a flyer on “yes we might” though. So pomo.

Seth January 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

Are Obama and his speechwriters precluded from betting?

bob January 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

“Folks not paying their fair share” should be on the list.

Laserlight January 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

“You cretins aren’t worthy of me, so I’m resigning.”

Gabe January 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

“unfettered free markets have failed, now we must go in the direction of more equitable and fair solutions”

anonymous... January 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Some future president (not this one) will end his final State of the Union speech, the one just days before the inauguration of his successor, with Johnny Rotten’s “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”

Jim Nazium January 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

How about:
“The mess we inherited”
“Rescued the auto industry”
“Drove the economy into a ditch”

jorod January 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Mr. President, how is that electric car working for you?

Andy January 26, 2012 at 1:51 am

So what was the winner?

Robert January 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

+1

Careless January 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Oddly enough (very oddly), “common purpose” won. I say “oddly” because it was apparently the last sentence of the speech aside from the “god bless” one. 14 to one odds on that one

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