What does "prate" mean?

What does "prate" mean?

From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prate:
To talk long and idly : CHATTER

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Some Post-Election Predictions

Now that a very contentious election is over, here are a few predictions. The first three are pretty obvious, but the fourth is a bit of a flier.

  1. Congress will resume its role in providing oversight to the executive branch and rediscover its power of the purse.
  2. Democrats in congress and the press will amp up defense of the senate filibuster.
  3. Democrats in congress and the press will (re)discover the problems with executive orders and actions. Expect to hear opposition to "an imperial presidency."
  4. Hillary Clinton will receive a pardon in January 2017 - either from President Obama, or from President-Elect Trump after the inauguration.
p.s. One bit of good news about the presidential results: In 2017, we will be able to oppose the President's policies without being labeled a racist or a sexist.