November 9, 2012

Friday Morning Line

Sam Smith: The best and quickest source of important new political information during the campaign was Political Wire. Add it to your bookmarks and you won't be sorry.

The best number commentator in the campaign was MSNBC's Chuck Todd, who actually explained what numbers meant and showed a deep and revealing understanding of the geographical variations of American politics. We live in a culture in which data has assumed an importance far beyond its limits.  We think having the right number is all there is to it. But Calvin Trillan said once that he didn't do well in math or science because he couldn't explain to his teachers that his answers were meant to be ironic. The point is that numbers only take you so far. Then you have to find their meaning and import.

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