Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough took to Politico to offer his (semi) apology to New York Times‘ polling expert — and the 2012’s election other big winner — Nate Silver. Silver, Scarborough writes, “became a sort of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for liberals seeking peace and serenity during the turbulent 2012 presidential campaign. Just as the Beatles had the Maharishi to guide them through the tough times after the death of their manager Brian Epstein, progressives had Silver’s New York Times blog to comfort them after the first presidential debate.”
Scarborough admitted that, on his show — which Silver visited yesterday morning, he’d readily “mocked both liberals and conservatives for cherry-picking polls to prove their candidate was all but assured victory,” and had emphasized all the twists and turns and ups and downs in campaigns that render it practically impossible to accurately predict their outcome at any given point in an election season.
But, unless you’d been living under a rock even a media pundit can’t somehow slither underneath, you’d know that Silver’s prediction was different. Because it was right.
So an apology from Scarborough is in order. Well. Sort of.
Since the president’s reelection, liberals have been cluttering my Twitter feed with demands that I apologize to Nate for dismissing his 74.8374629% prediction in October that Barack Obama would win. I have ignored those requests because as is usually the case for ideologues on Twitter, their rage is unfocused and based in ignorance. These critics conveniently forget that I consistently predicted an Obama win throughout the year and even said on Election Day that the president’s stubborn lead in swing state polls would doom Romney.
I won’t apologize to Mr. Silver for predicting an outcome that I had also been predicting for a year. But I do need to tell Nate I’m sorry for leaning in too hard and lumping him with pollsters whose methodology is as rigorous as the Simpsons’ strip mall physician, Dr. Nick. For those sins (and a multitude of others that I’m sure I don’t even know about), I am sorry.
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