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One Last Pre-Election Chat With Pundit Slayer Nate Silver

Yes, there’s Obama versus Romney today. But many of you are going to be at least as excited about Nate Silver versus the Commentariat.

Here, via Stephen Colbert, is one last conversation with the Internet’s political man of the moment, before today’s results either enshrine or embarrass him.

Actually, here are two clips. First Colbert does a nice job of setting up the threat the New York Times stats geek poses to the punditocracy. In short, if he’s right, he will have publicly depantsed them, which they are not excited about:

And here’s a five-minute chat with Silver and Colbert, in which Silver comes out as pro-Ebola. Colbert really does a nice job of pushing Silver in a thoughtful way:


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