Who doesn't love Jerome Armstrong? Before he was a controversial political consultant; before he was a co-author, with Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, of "Crashing The Gate", in which he heralded the rise of the "Netroots"; and before he was barred from the securities industry by the SEC for his role in some penny-ante stock hustling, he was - I wish I had the nerve and imagination to make this up - an astrologer.
I am not kidding. And neither was he - here is a flavor of his analysis of the then-impending 2002 election, as brought to us by the Providence Journal:
Astrologers there are analyzing the cosmic weather, using a symbolic language, and looking at indicators: Who's moving to another house, who's under a heavy Saturn transit, who's a winner whose precise time has come. Nancy Luber Sommers is looking for periods of elation in the charts of the candidate and leaders of both parties in the next few days and beyond, especially to January. She has on on her own site a chart of predictions in major races based on what she sees in the candidates' charts.
Does this work? No idea. Come back tomorrow.
We might have a surprise.
That's what astrologer Jerome Armstrong says we'll see today, a surprise that's been brewing below the radar: that women voters will pour out to the polls today, while men will be inclined to stay home, for reasons only an astrologer might understand (so I've edited them out here):
Bush and the rulers (in) power could be pierced by something that seems trivial in (its) simplicity, that triggers larger events to occur. Simply put, men will not turn out to vote in near the numbers that women will this election....
Ceres and Venus are representative of younger, and especially feminine energies in the mundane election analysis;... they are holding a secret, their voice has seem(ed) stifled, and their vote will be a secret from Bush & the media...
No one knows how big the vote is, until after it happens, surprising the media, and shifting control of Congress.
It’s an angry vote. The dissatisfaction with the economy is there; but the Sun-Moon’s conjunction in the 7th, where the Rx Venus/Mercury conjunction is also, points towards the threat of war as a strong motivation.
For the full analysis, try this Google-cache of a post by "Jerome" with text that matches the Pro-Jo excerpt. It's pretty heavy stuff.
So one of the leaders of the "reality-based community" is an astrologer - who knew?
Actually, Dan Riehl, RedState and Wizbang knew before I did, and they have plenty of coverage. But what they don't have is Saturday night karaoke - I want all you unreconstructed 60's flower children to put your hands together and join in. I know you know the song:
When the moon is in the seventh house
And MyDD aligns with Kos
Then Mark Warner will be the nominee
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of the Daily Kos
The Age of the Daily Kos
The Daily Kos!
The Daily Kos!
OK, that was a beautiful moment but I have to serious up - these folks might actually anoint our next President. Ooops, now I'm laughing again...
BUT SERIOUSLY: Follow the money. Or, less seriously, learn why Mark Warner won in 2001. Here are lots of links from Glenn, and good background from the National Journal. Golly, those Kos Kidz sure do know how to kill a story, don't they?
ADMIRABLE RESTRAINT: From a disgruntled lefty:
I am feeling a powerful urge to bring up the obvious Democrat's retort here, but I am going to stay strong and Just Say No to that temptation.
UPDATE: Let's hear from Astrologer Jerome:
Another Update [2006-6-25 14:13:39 by Jerome Armstrong]: Oh yea, on the astrological stuff. I have done the new age type things over the years—life’s never boring that way. Down that line, I dabbled with planets and predictions in the most abstract manner, as one of several different predictive mathematical disciplines, when coming out of finances and into politics during my early blogging days (nobody is surprised that remembers the early 2001 days here), and since then have completely tapered out of it over time. So yea, the cons got me on this one being a little out of the ordinary… It has nothing to do with what I consult with in online political strategy. But hey, like JP Morgan once said, “millionaires don’t use astrology, billionaires do!” I hope to see those wingnuts that are obsessed with every little thing I do at the next bikram yoga or vipassana meditation session in DC-- but fair warning that I believe we evolved from monkeys!