James said in an email that contemplating what will happen in the future is something that "we all do every day, without really thinking about it. It is a necessary and relevant process. Thus, it is something that is worthy of our best analytical efforts."
Nate Silver's election blog: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/
Princeton Election Consortium: http://election.princeton.edu/
National Hurricane Center's computer models: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/modelsummary.shtml