I’m going to do this the way I did the U.S. presidential election. Going with my gut.
I’m “betting” on (but not rooting for) the Islamists.
Unlike the presidential election, I will be right.
Supporters of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi attacked opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday, with reports of two people killed and dozens of others injured.
A small group of opposition activists have been camped outside the palace since Tuesday night, when tens of thousands rallied against a controversial decree which gives Morsi near-absolute power.
Supporters of the president marched to the palace on Wednesday and tore down the opposition’s tents; witnesses said they threw stones and used clubs to attack demonstrators, and there were reports of petrol bombs being thrown. Opposition protesters were driven away from the palace and fled down side streets.
Roger Cohen, your bookie is calling. Do you want to double down?
Has anyone noticed that Egyptian politics are ALIVE? And Arab politics. Debate, contestation, back-and-forth. Nothing changed? Yeah, right
— Roger Cohen (@NYTimesCohen) November 27, 2012
Morsi’s self-anointment decree a mistake and won’t fly. The new #Egypt will rein him in.
— Roger Cohen (@NYTimesCohen) November 23, 2012