Nate Silver is a man of very small stature, a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice that sounds almost exactly like the “Mr. New Castrati” voice used by Rush Limbaugh on his program. In fact, Silver could easily be the poster child for the New Castrati in both image and sound. Nate Silver, like most liberal and leftist celebrities and favorites, might be of average intelligence but is surely not the genius he’s made out to be.
It’s “Al Gore is fat” all over again. The openly crazy righties call people fat and gay, while establishment media chuckles along and says “I wouldn’t put it that way but he is a jerk and when you look closer at his analysis blah blah blah”. (Here’s a typical slightly more high-brow “Al Gore is fat” from a serious person.)
They do it with Paul Krugman too (e.g., here’s one of Charles Lane’s many attacks on Krugman).
I don’t know how much of this is coordinated. Some is — I’m pretty sure that Bobo coordinates with Daily Caller crowd — but a lot of the shared impulse here comes from the fact that establishment media shares the far-right’s hatred of numbers and science. Gore, Krugman, and Silver all rely on science and numbers in their arguments. The far-right hates it because the Bible (or the constitution or whatever), establishment media hates it because it threatens to supersede its proximity to power and insider cocktail parties.