Late Night: It Was Good Fun While It Lasted, Our Media Experiment

By: Monday November 5, 2012 8:00 pm

Let’s go out of our way to make the wingnuts feel better. That’ll fix everything. Surely then they’ll stop calling you traitors and criticizing your coverage and basically making it out like your personal mission in life is to ruin their fun. If you give them just this one thing, if you throw them a bone, they’ll stop slavering and snarling around your door. That always works.


Nate Silver Is the Lovechild of Harry Potter & Hari Seldon

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 1:18 pm

Internet Magic-Math Wizard Nate Silver currently blesses President Obama with a 83.7 % chance of winning on Tuesday and this distresses Mike Flynn (who writes for Breitbart these days because he was too stupid and sociopathic to continue on at Reason — if that is possible) who thinks that Silver has been intentionally making shit up this election season in an effort to influence the future and keep “leftists” fat, sassy, and to Flynn’s point of view, overconfident.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Sasha Issenberg, The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

By: Saturday October 27, 2012 1:59 pm

Why do we vote? Why do some stay home? And with the right persuasion techniques, can the political industrial complex manipulate those patterns?

These important questions are at the heart of a new book exploring the science behind campaigning, because for all the hullabaloo made over television ads, this election will be won and lost by the ground game.

The Victory Lab, The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, by journalist Sasha Issenberg, has been called the Moneyball of politics. It takes readers into the minds of pollsters and field operatives to reveal some of the tactics behind getting-out-the-vote.

Unskewed Studmuffin Dean Chambers Does Not Care for Nate Silver’s Dickless Polling

By: Friday October 26, 2012 12:28 pm

Unskewed numbers genius and human gravy manufacturing plant Dean Chambers wants you to know that Nate Silver is skewing those poll numbers because he is either queerer than a three dollar bill (so, you know, he probably not using straight heterosexual math where 1+1 = 2 but instead uses gay math like Adam + Steve = gaymarried) or Silver is a penis-less numbers eunuch. One of those. But first…

Support for Marriage Equality Strengthens in Washington State, But Are We “There” Yet?

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:15 pm

Some excellent news from SurveyUSA, but don’t let it make you complacent. SurveyUSA recently asked 700 state of Washington adults “A new law passed by the legislature would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington state. Should this law be approved? Or rejected?”. The response:

Approved – 56%
Rejected – 38%
Not Sure – 6%

Polls and Occupy

By: Sunday September 9, 2012 7:00 pm

In the course of our vivid exchanges in the Book Salon yesterday, I mentioned recent polls on public opinion toward Occupy in polls over the summer. Below are the specifics. But first, let me address the objection that these assessments don’t accord with a reader’s sense of how the population is feeling. In the early weeks of the Occupy movement, last fall, majorities in the polls did support Occupy. (I give some of the particulars in Occupy Nation.) They liked this movement. Accordingly, Occupy supporters liked those polls. But we don’t get to cherry-pick the polls we like and discard the rest, not if we’re honest with ourselves.

Romney’s Favorable Rating Shows Big Improvement

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 11:20 am

Since finally effectively securing the Republican Party’s nomination Mitt Romney’s favorability rating have improved significantly, according to Gallup. Romney recently registered an all time best with 50 percent holding a favorable view of him and only 41 percent viewing him unfavorable. Only a few months ago his net favorable rating was a dismal -8.

Some Worrying Job Numbers

By: Thursday April 26, 2012 8:41 am

Several months ago many of the economic indicators were showing improvement, albeit very small and insufficient to make up for the depth of our current crisis. The important thing politically was it at least looked like things were moving in the right direction, which is critical for an incumbent President heading into an election. In the past month, though, there are signs that any growth we were experiencing has potentially stalled.

Over 71 Percent of College Freshmen Support Same-Sex Marriage

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:20 am

An astonishing 71.3% of college freshmen support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, according to UCLA’s Freshman Survey, an annual national survey of first-year students entering four-year colleges and universities. There were large increases in support across the board.

NC: Latest PPP Poll Shows Voters Do Not Know How Extreme the Marriage Discrimination Is

By: Friday December 9, 2011 6:07 pm

The vote on the amendment is May 8, 2012, so there is not a lot of time to educate voters around the state about just how extreme this ballot initiative is. Public Policy Polling’s latest data shows just how confused many North Carolinians are about the scope of the effect if this is passed. Most North Carolinians are fair-minded and want legal recognition for same-sex relationships…but some of these voters are still in favor of the amendment.

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