From our March 2007 post "Completely smugly and to the utter annoyance of my critics": A bellwether is any entity in a given arena that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future happenings. The term is derived from the Middle English bellewether and refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram (a wether) in order that this animal might lead its flock of sheep," according to Wikipedia. Egad. Castrated rams leading flocks of sheep. Could there be a more perfect metaphor for the MSM shaping the "opinions" of the clueless among us? (Pictures of Spain photo)
“It’s a Brown-out,” said Paleologos, director of Suffolk’s Political Research Center. “It’s a massive change in the political landscape”:
Paleologos said bellwether models show high numbers of independent voters turning out on election day, which benefits Brown, who has 65 percent of that bloc compared to Coakley’s 30 percent.
Be still, my beating heart.