Shorter Dean Chambers in the Arlington Conservative Examiner: Nate Silver is wrong about polling because he’s not a real man:
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. His political analyses are average at best and his projections, at least this year, are extremely biased in favor of the Democrats.
HT: Justin Green.
There’s been something of a rhetorical war happening lately on the topic of polling mavens – Nate Silver, who runs FiveThirtyEight.com for The New York Times, has been running a prediction model since the 2008 presidential election, when he famously called the winner in 49 of 50 states. Conversely, Dean Chambers founded UnskewedPolls.com, a site dedicated to undoing the allegedly liberal bias of polling samples. In his attempt to take on Silver personally, Chambers reveals a deeply unpleasant side – when your argument over somebody’s integrity requires you to attack their appearance, voice, and masculinity (as well as introducing them, in the first paragraph, by copying a line directly from their Wikipedia article), that’s not a position of strength you’re signaling.