White House Spokesman Mocks George Will For 2012 Election Prediction

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Monday responded to a dig from George Will, who said recently that he “will not take seriously Mr. Carney,” by zinging the conservative columnist for his infamous prediction in the 2012 presidential election.

After commenting on the “George Willian” sentence structure of the insult, Carney began by sounding a diplomatic note.

“I have a lot of respect for George Will,” Carney said, noting the two have appeared on the same Sunday morning news panel together on multiple occasions.

Carney then brought up Will’s prediction in November. On the Sunday before Election Day, Will boldly predicted that Mitt Romney would defeat President Barack Obama in a 321-217 Electoral College landslide. Will even picked a Romney victory in Minnesota, a state Obama eventually carried by a comfortable margin.

After detailing Will’s shoddy record as a prognosticator, the White House spokesman said sarcastically that he “will continue to take George Will seriously.”

 

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