Behold the Power of Math

Future date 2022: after the last pundit retires to the Old Pundits Home for the Terminally Bloviating, this will be remembered as the Big Data election.

The power of math

He’s a sorcerer. A sorcerer!

At least that’s my hope. I hope that, as a country, we can come together and agree that math is real.

The amazing image above is of course Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight correctly predicting the electoral college votes in roughly 50 out of 50 states. That’s not luck, or gut, or intuition. That’s careful, painstaking research and analysis of mountains of data, and it works.

So please, political pundits, on behalf of a weary nation — consider math. Consider data. Because you just got your collective ass handed to you by a blogger.

Or failing that, you might want to start polishing your Linkedin profiles.