“The Republican Brain: Constructing an Alternate Polling Reality for 2012” Really? I Don’t Think So
Admittedly, I had a hard time decided whether to categorize this under “Liberal/Conservative Brains” or “Liberal Lies”, but I decided to go with the liberal lies category.
What is it about liberals and the truth? In his column in “Mother Jones” Kevin Drum apparently is determined to provide further evidence that those on the left simply lack the necessary critical thinking skills to present a logical argument and reach reasonable conclusions.
From the title of his article I assume that Mr. Drum was attempting to explain why so many conservatives are questioning the results of various polls showing the Democratic Presidential candidate in the lead. Incredibly, he didn’t even come close to discussing the methodology which is at the heart of the controversy.
He starts off with a long explanation of how liberals got it wrong in 2004 by refusing to accept the polling numbers, but several years later a Mr. Nate Silver crunches the numbers and suddenly they see the light. Converted en masse to the new religion of taking polls at face value, they apparently accept every poll as being accurate and true and now, according to Kevin Drum, it is the conservatives who are making the same mistake. The problem in his analysis is that he makes the typical liberal mistake of equates two different sets of circumstances based on one or two characteristics in common.
Now I’m not betting the farm on a Romney/Ryan victory, but an article which, in the end, provides no relevant content, while throwing in some gratuitous swipes at the “Republican Brain” is certainly not going to sway my opinion one way or the other.
Mr. Drum! In case you missed it, conservatives have a problem with some of the results due to the methodology employed. Perhaps next time you might want to actually throw in a word or two addressing the actual reasons for the concern rather than a column filled with irrelevant material.