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  1. rikyrah says:

    October 28, 2012, 3:44 pm13 Comments

    The War on Objectivity

    Brad DeLong points me to this National Review attack on Nate Silver, which I think of as illustrating an important aspect of what’s really happening in America.

    For those new to this, Nate is a sports statistician turned political statistician, who has been maintaining a model that takes lots and lots of polling data — most of it at the state level, which is where the presidency gets decided — and converts it into election odds. Like others doing similar exercises — Drew Linzer, Sam Wang, and Pollster — Nate’s model continued to show an Obama edge even after Denver, and has shown that edge widening over the past couple of weeks.

    This could be wrong, obviously. And we’ll find out on Election Day. But the methodology has been very clear, and all the election modelers have been faithful to their models, letting the numbers fall where they may.

    Yet the right — and we’re not talking about the fringe here, we’re talking about mainstream commentators and publications — has been screaming “bias”! They know, just know, that Nate must be cooking the books. How do they know this? Well, his results look good for Obama, so it must be a cheat. Never mind the fact that Nate tells us all exactly how he does it, and that he hasn’t changed the formula at all.

    This is, of course, reminiscent of the attack on the Bureau of Labor Statistics — not to mention the attacks on climate science and much more. On the right, apparently, there is no such thing as an objective calculation. Everything must have a political motive.

    This is really scary. It means that if these people triumph, science — or any kind of scholarship — will become impossible. Everything must pass a political test; if it isn’t what the right wants to hear, the messenger is subjected to a smear campaign.

    It’s almost besides the point to notice that the whole notion that Nate Silver is somehow serving Obama’s interests by skewing the results is bizarre. This race is going to be decided by actual votes, not perceptions of “momentum”. But then posturing and bragging seems to be central to the right’s theory, for reasons I don’t get.

    Anyway, it’s another disgraceful episode. And the fact that the National Review ran with this tells you all you need to know about the publication.

  2. A Very Quick Look at President Obama’s First Term

  3. Remember – Obama for America TV Ad

  4. Obama: This Is a ‘serious and Big Storm’

  5. Congressman John Lewis on stage at the souls to the polls rally in Gainesville Florida

  6. Rachel Maddow: Mitt Romney’s Campaign Has A ‘Truthfulness Problem’ (VIDEO) v

  7. Jesse Jackson stopped by Empowerment Sunday in Gainesville! Souls To The Polls!

  8. Folks Out Voting Today! Souls To The Polls

  9. A Symbol of Moving Forward

  10. Ted Strickland and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Interview on CNN’s State of the Union

  11. Obama Advisor David Axelrod Interview with Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union

  12. Obama Advisor Stephanie Cutter Interview on ABC’s ‘This Week’

  13. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Interview on CBS’ Face the Nation

  14. Ametia says:

    US President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (L) walk across Lafayette Park outside the White House in Washington on October 28, 2012 on their way to attend Sunday services at nearby St. John’s church. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

  15. Ametia says:

    None of this, people; GET OUT AND VOTE

  16. Ametia says:

    Madonna booed after touting Obama in La. Concert

    :38AM EDT October 28. 2012 –
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Madonna drew boos and triggered a walkout by several concertgoers after she touted President Obama on her “MDNA Tour” in New Orleans.

    The Material Girl asked during Saturday night’s performance: “Who’s registered to vote?” She added: “I don’t care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama.” Drawing boos in touting Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, Madonna followed: “Seriously, I don’t care who you vote for … Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote.”

    Madonna is often outspoken. Some Colorado fans, mindful of a mass shooting there, complained she used a fake gun to shoot a masked gunman in a recent concert act in Denver. A Madonna concert in Paris in July drew ire when a video showed a swastika on a politician’s forehead.

  17. The Des Moines Register’s Practical Joke

    This Romney endorsement editorial, if you actually bother to read it, is little more than a practical joke. First of all, it has all the hallmarks of having been ordered by the publisher over the objections of the editorial board. Normally, a sentence like “the Register’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous debate over this endorsement,” translated into blunt English means: “Our idiot publisher forced this tripe down our throats, and we’re counting on you the more knowledgeable readers to understand this.”

    The argument, such as it is, is as substanceless as meringue. Mitt Romney could “forge compromises with Congress” to get the economy rolling again? The first part of that might actually be true, but only because the Democrats in Congress aren’t nearly as ideologically hidebound and politically obstreperous as their GOP counterparts.

    But the second part, fixing the economy, creating jobs, tackling the deficit? Romney has been ridiculously vague on all these things. The editorial doesn’t so much as gesture in that direction. And then bam, the editorial ends. Just when you think it might start mounting such “arguments,” it ends. I actually hit the refresh button three times, as I couldn’t believe the entire editorial had loaded properly. It’s as Potemkin Village-ish a piece of journalistic writing as I’ve seen in a long time.

    Sadly, it probably will make a small difference, although I’m sure the politically inside elite out in Iowa is laughing about this morning. Most polls indicate that Obama has a couple of points to spare in the state. We’ll see. You can ask Hillary Clinton how much good the DMR did her in January 2008/

    The DMS is so full of ISH! How, pray tell, could they possibly ignore all of the President’s Accomplishments despite GOP obstruction? Mitt Romney is a destroyer! How could they be so irresponsible and (w) reckless with their endorsement?

    • Cutter: Des Moines Register endorsement not based ‘in reality’

      Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter on Sunday dismissed the Des Moines Register endorsement of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, saying it was not “based at all in reality.”

      “They endorsed Mitt Romney in the primary, so this was not much of a surprise,” said Cutter on ABC’s “This Week” of the influential swing-state paper’s backing for President Obama’s challenger.

      “It was a little surprising to read that editorial, because it didn’t seem to be based at all in reality, not just in the president’s record, but in Mitt Romney’s record,” Cutter added. “It says that he’d reach across the aisle, which he’d do the exact opposite. It’s the exact opposite of what he did in Massachusetts.”

  18. Ametia says:

    Joy Reid on MHP: “Nina Turner is the Czar of Voter Registration.”

  19. President Barack Obama receives an update on the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy during a conference call with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Dr. Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center, and John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, in the Oval Office, Oct. 26, 2012. Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Richard Reed, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, are seated at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  20. Breaking: All New York Area Trains and Buses To Close; Most Dangerous Storm Since 1938 Hurricane

    Governor Cuomo just announced that all buses and trains will be taken to safer ground bringing service to a halt! At 7PM, the last subway trains will leave stations at 7PM and buses will streets at 9PM. The Governor doesn’t know at this moment when they will resume and calls Hurricane Sandy the most dangerous storm since 1938 Hurricane.

    Storm surge estimates has been increased to 6 to 12 feet with 18 foot waves on top. National Hurricane Center says storm will be deadly and destructive.

  21. Ametia says:


    NYT Endorses Barack Obama:

    • “In the poisonous atmosphere of this campaign, it may be easy to overlook Mr. Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments.”

    • “We enthusiastically endorse President Barack Obama for a second term, and express the hope that his victory will be accompanied by a new Congress willing to work for policies that Americans need.”

  22. Ann Romney: “Throw out” the American public education system.

    I’ve been a First Lady of the State. I have seen what happens to people’s lives if they don’t get a proper education. And we know the answers to that. The charter schools have provided the answers. The teachers’ unions are preventing those things from happening, from bringing real change to our educational system. We need to throw out the system.

    Why do you think your husband is the best person to be President?

    I’d say because of his life experience, starting with the example [his father] George Romney set of being successful in his family and business and then serving in a political sphere. . . . The formula from his perspective was, you never get involved in politics unless you’re financially secure and your children are raised. So when our children were older and Mitt had made a bit of money, there was his father’s example that you find ways to serve and give back.

    (Note: Poor people! Women with children! Young people! Stay out of politics!)

  23. Ben LaBolt‏@BenLaBolt

    Detroit FP endorses Obama, notes econ progress & steady hand on foreign policy, calls Romney’s tax cuts “unbelievable”

  24. VA SBE Prepares For Absentee Voters Ahead Of Sandy

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Virginia State Board of Elections is advising local registrars to accommodate voters who ask to vote absentee because of the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy.

    In-person absentee voting is being conducted on weekdays and the last two Saturdays before election day. The board is urging localities to keep registrar offices open and continue the in-person absentee voting unless the storm makes conditions unsafe for employees and voters.

    Christine Lewis, senior registrar for Virginia Beach, said Saturday that polling places in the city have generators on standby in case power goes out. The city’s information technology department also has provided two battery-pack units to power their laptops.

    The state electoral board says it has been assured that polling places will be a high priority for power restoration.

  25. Raleigh News & Observer endorses President Obama

    Ever since he electrified the 2004 Democratic National Convention with a keynote speech, Barack Obama of Chicago had been marked as a man who might be destined for the White House. Destiny was fulfilled sooner than expected. The then-Illinois senator, a first-termer, was introduced to the next convention four years later as the nominee after a brutal series of primaries that saw him overcome candidates that included Hillary Clinton, the accomplished first lady who now is his secretary of state.

    Now Obama seeks a second term, having weathered some early problems dealing with his own Democrats when they controlled Congress, and then running into a brick wall in a Republican-run House.

    Yet despite congressional Republicans who vowed to make their first priority his defeat at all costs, the president has accomplished much in his first term.

  26. Good Morning, 3Chics & Friends!

    Ametia, you touched my heart this morning with “This Little Light of Mine”. It brought tears to my eyes. I’m loving it! The sista is sanging!

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