Negotiating does not mean caving into the Republicans' demand that you meet more than halfway. This election gave the Democrats a mandate to demand that the Republicans meet you more than halfway. We elected you to fight for us and expect nothing less.
Election 2012 is only the latest example of human beings' incredible capacity to fool themselves when they desperately want to. And another reminder that today's GOP live on a different planet from the rest of us, with dangerously little regard for facts.
We've been watching television coverage of presidential elections since 1948, but -- holograms and virtual senates notwithstanding -- it hasn't changed a whole lot: mostly anchors sitting around gabbing while they wait for returns.
The outcome of the 2012 presidential was not a fait accompli, as many are now arguing -- not by a long shot. This election could have gone either way. Anyone who thinks the Obama victory was inevitable or predetermined is in a worse state of denial than the hucksters at Fox News.
You ready, Republican Party? Are you sitting down? Here's what you have to do to avoid going the way of the Whigs. It's pretty easy -- it would fit on a Twitter message: "Begin championing Puerto Rican statehood."
Networks like CNN had a significant financial stake in portraying the election as neck-and-neck. There's nothing like ginning up viewers and ratings for the bottom line. Economic self-interest. Now that's the sort of cynicism that makes some sense to me.
Thanks so much, Roger Ailes -- we couldn't have done it without you! And all praise to George Will, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, et al. -- if not for you, and your legions of credulous friends and followers, we never could have re-elected Barack Obama....
Again, not quite right. What Silver does is not an "art"; it's mathematical modeling. And Silver doesn't make judgments the way pundits do, trusting their gut, their instincts, or their experience. He assesses polls based on how they performed historically, among other things.