Remember Dean Chambers, the right-wing blogger and statistical sorcerer who "unskews" polls so that the pols he likes might heroically lead, as they're supposed to? Yes, Dean Chambers, the other big fat idiot who wouldn't know "weighting" from a bathroom scale? Well, this week Mr. Chambers takes on--brace yourself--the formidable Nate Silver, and the result is a comedic scramble of bad syntax, muddled thinking, and quintessentially fascistic ad hominems.
Let's get the latter out of the way, since I, above, have returned fire in kind (which I never do unless it is, indeed, returned fire). Chambers observes: "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." What Silver's physical characteristics or voice quality or perceived mannerisms have to do with his professional methodology I have no idea, but it's an odd observation to vomit from a corpulent freak (Chambers' photo follows his Examiner.com piece) who quite obviously admires the America-hating, Hitlerian genius of Rush Limbaugh.
Whom else does Chambers admire, "professionally" speaking? Dick Morris, the prostitute-patronizing, toe-sucking human abnormality of subterranean filth.
Now that we have a handle on Chambers' conservative "values," let's look at his analysis of Silver, who, writes Chambers, "claims to have been highly accurate in predicting the 2008 election results, and perhaps he was." Claims? Perhaps? Such are the verbal tools of the begrudging, inferior right-wing brain. Silver correctly predicted 49 of 50 states that year and all 35 Senate races. And those, Mr. Chambers, are facts, not claims. Perhaps you've heard of facts.
Chambers then turns to his most trenchant exposé of the NY Times' statistician, albeit through a garbled syntax which requires more than one reading:
Routinely he assigns percentage odds of a candidate (usually his beloved Obama) winning a state far higher and disproportionate any reasonable odds of that candidate winning a state as indicated by the polls.
Translation: Silver aggregates the more credible polls and adjusts for any internal bias and out pops a number which is valid if Chambers likes it, but invalid garbage if Chambers does not. That's Chambers' "methodology."
My only point in bothering with an obscenity like Dean Chambers is that his likes seem to be exploding exponentially on the right. Phony think tanks, junk scientists, race-mongers, propagandistic hitmen--you get the drift--are piling disinformation on disinformation in what is manifestly approaching the hysteria of a last political gasp. This makes me nervous. These are more than just far-rightist whacko wingnuts at heart. They are desperate far rightists. And there's no more dangerous species.