My Fearless Predictions: How'd I Do?

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Weekly commentary by CBS Evening News chief Washington correspondent and Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer.
At least a year ago I made a fearless prediction: The Democratic race would come down to Hillary Clinton and someone else, and the Republican contest would come down to John McCain and someone else.

But then the McCain campaign collapsed and I heard myself saying I had no idea who would get the Republican nomination.

When Mike Huckabee won Iowa I got really confused.

And as the Clinton campaign got up and rolling, to my surprise I saw no one emerging as an alternative. Yes, that was me saying, "There is beginning to be an air of inevitability about the Clinton campaign."

Of course, that talk faded when Barack Obama won Iowa. Suddenly we were all talking about the beginnings of "a new movement."

… That is, until Senator Clinton bounced back to win New Hampshire and Nevada - and then Obama did his own bounce-back to win South Carolina.

And as McCain took the Republican contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, Romney took Michigan, and Rudy took a seat on the McCain bus.

So, it has come to Super Tuesday, just the way I predicted: Clinton and someone else (Obama), and McCain and someone else (Romney, with Huckabee of course way back).

Which makes me sound really smart, if you forget all that stuff I said between my predictions and now.

So, join us Tuesday for results starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 p.m. Central. I may even have some more predictions.


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By Bob Schieffer
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    Bob Schieffer is a CBS News political contributor and former anchor of "Face The Nation," which he moderated for 24 years before retiring in 2015.