Monday, October 29, 2012


Tweet from Politico's Jonathan Martin:

Unless my irony detector is on the fritz, Martin is mocking us for believing the exact opposite of what we believe. What we believe is that Nate Silver devised a formula quite a while ago for crunching all the poll numbers he can get his hands on, plus a few other bits of data (for example, on the economy), in order to determine the likelihood, at any given moment, of a victory by each presidential candidate, in each state and thus in the election overall. We don't think there's a "secret sauce" -- we think an attempt to churn through the numbers as dispassionately as possible is the secret sauce.

We're also supposed to be shocked by this, in the linked article (by Dylan Byers):
"Romney, clearly, could still win," Silver told POLITICO today.
Of course Romney, clearly, could still win. It's absolutely not news that Silver thinks this. As Jamelle Bouie says:

This is in response to what Joe Scarborough says in the Politico piece:
"Nate Silver says this is a 73.6 percent chance that the president is going to win? Nobody in that campaign thinks they have a 73 percent chance -- they think they have a 50.1 percent chance of winning. And you talk to the Romney people, it's the same thing," Scarborough said. "Both sides understand that it is close, and it could go either way. And anybody that thinks that this race is anything but a tossup right now is such an ideologue, they should be kept away from typewriters, computers, laptops and microphones for the next 10 days, because they're jokes."
Well, Sam Wang at the Princeton Election Consortium sees an even higher likelihood of victory for Obama. So attack him, too.

These numbers will change when the state polls show a pattern of Obama losing -- not being tied, not being in nailbiter races, but losing -- in more than 270 electoral votes' worth of states. Not before. Got it?

Best tweet on this subject:


Victor said...

Well, I'm sure theres a good chunk of our political punTWITS who look at Dick Morris's polling numbers, using Karl Rove's math, and thing he's a feckin'genius!

When did Conservatives become allergic to math?

Oh yeah, when math told them they were feckin' idjits!!!

Tom Hilton said...

When the right-wingers accuse Nate Silver of deliberately skewing the polls to help "his" candidate, they're really just telling us all what they would do in his place.

Jack said...

I suspect that the whole reason for the sudden attacks (from conservatives) is this: They know Romney is going to steal LOTS of votes all over the country, and there's a darn good chance of a significant disconnect between what polls are telling us will happen, and what actually will happen (since polls can't measure fraud and theft).

Conservatives and their enablers in the media need a story for when the polls don't agree with the "results" of the "election," and they are laying the groundwork for that story now. If Nate Silver's reputation is a casualty of the stolen election, that's just a bonus for the GOP, who hate him.

Tommy said...

Joe Scarborough is not smart.

BH said...

Neither is Politico. What a waste of oxygen & pixels that bunch is.