The most satisfying part about last night’s election results wasn’t the winner. It was when the opinions, false equivalencies, credibility, and egos of the (mostly right-wing) “pundits” (If we define ‘pundit’ as someone who eats glue ) were proven wholly irrelevant by New York Times’ Nate Silver. I’ve never been mistaken for a hipster, but I’ve totally been following Silver’s 538 blog since before it was cool.
While his success is certainly deserved, the bigger message is that non-biased, non-partisan, hard statistics and reason trumped agenda-driven, fact-absent op-eds in both traditional media and online. Many, many of those people got up on their soapbox before the election to call Silver a snake-oil salesman.
I’d like to take the opportunity to tell the following people to go fuck themselves:
- Dean Chambers / Unskewed Polls.com (lol!)
- Erick Erickson / “The Ambassador of the Amateur” at RedState
- Matt Hadro / NewBusters
- Geoffrey Dickens / Newbusters
- Clay Waters / Newbusters
- RedState / jamesmdiary
- John Nolte / Big Journalism (but tiny credibility)
- Mike Flynn / Big Government (but small minds)
- Josh Jordan / Hotair
- Whoever was advising Mitt Romney
- Joe Scarborough / MSNBC– Bonus for referring to numerical analysis as ideology!
- Dick Morris / Fox News
- 16-year-old girl monitoring Twitter for zingers / Twitchy
- Peggy Noonan / The Wall Street Journal…Her predictions came from counting signs in people’s front yards.
Erickson has long been a laughingstock, but I’m certainly surprised at Scarborough. I’m going to update this throughout the day to ensure we’ve called out the collective amateur hour, but the mouth-breathers above who still think his stats are ‘zomg-loaded-with-librul-bias!’ should feel free to compare his election projections with the actual results.
Wish I could be next to you so I could catch your tears in a a jar and help write your apology columns.
Welcome to the era of accountability.
Feel free to send any articles my way that haven’t yet been scrubbed. I know there are a ton more. I’ll add them to the list above.