I’m not normally a fan of any kind of “nerd humor”, but xkcd nailed the election.
This twitter exchange sums a lot up too.
The thing is this: conservative establishment pundits don’t reject numbers per se, they quote them and try to use them to prove their moderate Burkean points, but they don’t know how to interpet them. It’s either Republicans dominating in early Colorado voting (Sam Wang debunks that here) or POLLS ARE SKEWED or all I can tell is the election will be close and anyone who says otherwise lacks Hayekian modesty.
These innumerate assholes got the election completely fucking wrong. Why should anyone believe them about anything else ever? Why should anyone believe these clowns understand unemployment rates or multipliers or interest rates when they don’t even understand standard deviations or how to take an average of a list of numbers?
Update. Simply amazingly idiotic, doesn’t even require understanding how to average numbers.
In 2008, exit polls showed a Dem +8 party id advantage in Ohio. In 2012, it was Dem +7. Screaming about a poll that predicted +9 is beyond idiotic.