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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:07 PM

LOL !!! - GOP Vows To Make FiveThirtyEight Blog Irrelevant By Adding Electoral College Votes

Update: I know it is sometimes difficult to tell, but I'm pretty sure this is satire.



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MADDOCKS: GOP vows to make FiveThirtyEight blog irrelevant by adding Electoral College votes
By Philip Maddocks - The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Nov 09, 2012 @ 10:00 AM - Last update Nov 09, 2012 @ 10:24 AM

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Fresh from a stinging defeat in this week’s national election, Republicans have been newly energized by a plan they say will bring an end to the FiveThiryEight, the blog that correctly forecast President Obama’s re-election win.

“It’s simple, really,” explained Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer. “We add three Electoral College votes, which will bring the national total to 541, and that will nullify the predictive success of the FiveThiryEight. It’s just math and logic.”

The FiveThiryEight - the blog run by Nate Silver for the New York Times that provides forecasts of upcoming presidential, Congressional, and gubernatorial elections through the use of what it calls proprietary prediction models – has become a target of GOP discontent lately.

Though Mr. Spicer and many of the Republicans clamoring to bring down the FiveThirtyEight admit they still don’t understand the basis of Mr. Silver’s predictions, they are nevertheless convinced that if they can force the probability guru to change the blog’s name, it’s magic will disappear.

“I don’t claim to understand statistics and polling because I believe it’s all a myth, just like global warming,” said Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. “But I think if we change the number of Electoral College votes, it will help people see the FiveThirtyEight for the fraud that it is.”

“Even though Mitt Romney lost the election Tuesday, I think you have to be skeptical of anyone who tries to then argue that that loss was due to Barack Obama winning. I know I am,” Mr. Inhofe added.

A number of GOP lawmakers expressed outrage at what they described as Mr. Silver’s cavalier use of numbers to write off the wishes of their party and the sentiment of “at least 47 percent” of the voters.

“Do you want some unelected bureaucrat telling you what the country is thinking? Or would you rather put your faith in the people you elected who got here telling you what they thought you wanted to hear?” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia told a boisterous crowd gathered outside a boarded up Tea Party office in Kent, Ohio.

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More: http://www.wickedlocal.com/natick/news/lifestyle/columnists/x1272754372/MADDOCKS-GOP-vows-to-make-FiveThirtyEight-blog-irrelevant-by-adding-Electoral-College-votes#axzz2BkWF3UDe










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Reply LOL !!! - GOP Vows To Make FiveThirtyEight Blog Irrelevant By Adding Electoral College Votes (Original post)
WillyT Nov 2012 OP
Barack_America Nov 2012 #1
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 #2
Stargazer09 Nov 2012 #3
WillyT Nov 2012 #4
slutticus Nov 2012 #5
WillyT Nov 2012 #7
Stargazer09 Nov 2012 #12
Stargazer09 Nov 2012 #11
WillyT Nov 2012 #13
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #6
Politicalboi Nov 2012 #8
begin_within Nov 2012 #9
colsohlibgal Nov 2012 #10

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:08 PM

1. They should just admit Puerto Rico as a state.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:10 PM

2. It would be smarter for them to enroll in remedial math courses

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:13 PM

3. The stupidity astonishes me

How did those jerks graduate from high school?

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Response to Stargazer09 (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:15 PM

4. This Is Satire...




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Response to WillyT (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:16 PM

5. lol

cut him a break man, it's really really hard to tell these days

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Response to slutticus (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:18 PM

7. Just Said That In My Update Above...




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Response to slutticus (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:55 PM

12. Thanks!

It s hard to tell nowadays.

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Response to WillyT (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:48 PM

11. Okay, you got me

That's what happens when satire cuts so close to the truth.

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Response to Stargazer09 (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:01 PM

13. No Problemo...




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:17 PM

6. Problem with this piece...

It is this close to reality.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:18 PM

8. Is this an Onion spin off?

“Do you want some unelected bureaucrat telling you what the country is thinking? Or would you rather put your faith in the people you elected who got here telling you what they thought you wanted to hear?” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia told a boisterous crowd gathered outside a boarded up Tea Party office in Kent, Ohio.


Did Cantor really say that?

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:18 PM

9. Fuzzy math.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:35 PM

10. Tee Hee

These people will not be treated kindly by history. I hope the know they'll be described as self deluded buffoons.

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