In the running
Footnotes and sidesteps from the political races
venthose with an eye into the future arestumped.Just as public opinion polls show the Ba-rackObama-Mitt Romney race too close to call, lo-cal astrologists who’ve studied the celestial chartssay they aren’t making any bold predictions, either.The biggest factor: Mercury will be in retro-grade, a temporary illusion that causes the planet toappear to move backward.For the first time in American history, the planet will “station retrograde” (begin a new cycle) on Nov.6,the day of the presidential election.The last time Mercury did something similar, it“stationed direct” (ended the cycle) on the final day of the disputed 2000 presidential race — an align-ment that’s“very scary” to Ennis astrologist and nu-merologistSherleStevens. When Mercury is in retrograde at the start of any new adventure, things change three monthslater.Herguess? “Confusion with the results. … May- be there could be a lot of voter fraud,” Stevens said.Dallas astrologer and psychic Diane Eichen- baumalso saw confusion in the skies, a precursor toalong election night.She has done the charts and doesn’t see eithercandidate with a distinct advan-tage.“It’s very hard to predict. They both have very tenuous aspects intheir charts now, so they’re underalot of pressure,” she said.Still,thechoicewill be madein the polls, Eichenbaumsaid,not by the stars.“Nothing is so fated that it’snot going to change,” she said.Unlike astronomy, the scien-tific study of the physical uni- verse, astrology deals with the po-sitions of planets and suns andhowthey supposedly affect hu-man behavior. With little clarity gained, Inthe Running turned to the Magic8Ball for an interpretation of some classic predic-tors, but even those yielded cloudy results.
Since 1900, the tallest candidate has won—except for the eight times they didn’t (in-cluding Al Gore in 2000). At6-1½, Romney stands just a half-inchtaller than Obama, which could be the mostimportant digit of his political life.But before throngs of tweepstweet “he won by almost an inch,” the major party can-didates may have some competition in theConstitution Party’s nominee, Virgil Goode, who looks pretty tall from photos.He’s also from Virginia (see “Ohio” for why this is important).
Signs point to Romney
Ohiooffers two presidential keys.First, the state earned its nickname “Moth-erofPresidents” after seven men all hailingfromOhio took their place in the Oval Office.Itsharesthat moniker with Virginia, whichclaims eight presidents (President Goode,anyone?).Romney comes from Michigan, and al-though Obama still fends off questions about where he’s from, no one has ever suggestedOhio or Virginia.Second,noRepublican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio. And lat-estpolls show Obama slightly ahead in theBuckeye State.
Job approval rating
Obama’s job’s approval ratinghasbeen like a seesaw over whatpollsters consider safe groundforanincumbent seeking re-election — 50 percent. AGallup Poll last week gave him a 53 percent ap-proval score, but that couldstill drop before the election.Jimmy Carter’s rating was34 percent at the close of hispresidency, and he wasn’t re-hired. When Romney left asMassachusetts governor in De-cember 2006, his approval rating was at 39percent, but that’s like comparing apples tooranges.
Replyhazy, try again
Nopresident in modern history has beenre-elected with a jobless rate higher than 7.2percent.That might mean that the recently report-ed unemployment rate of 7.8 percent doesn’t bodewell for the president. But he has saidthecountry is making economic progress af-ter a painful recession.
Most likely Romney
Possible future predictor
Depending on how theelection pans out, here’s a new one — Honey Boo Boo,thechild pageant and reality showstar from small-townGeorgia. In a recent inter- view, Honey Boo Boo said if shecould vote, she’d pick “Marack Obama,” althoughthat may have been a dig atRomney, who has said hepreferred the Jersey Shore’s Snooki to her.
Outlook good for Marack Obama
Cloudy forecast for Nov. 6
By CLAIRE CARDONA
Dallasastrol-ogist and psy-chic DianeEichenbaum
prepared achart on Presi-dent BarackObama to tryto make a pre-diction on theelection.
Who’ll win? Astrologers have no earthly idea; 8 Ball shaky