FiveThirtyEight: Things That Make You Go Hmm

FiveThirtyEight is a numbers nerd’s dream. And Nate Silver and Sean Quinn are genius without pretense. Unlike FBLA…who are just pretense.

Anyway, we’ve become daily readers of the site. A report from Sean Quinn last Friday, stuck with us over the weekend. We’ve been turning it over in our head and we think it sums up this political race better than we’ve heard so far. It explained things for us:

So a canvasser goes to a woman’s door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she’s planning to vote for. She isn’t sure, has to ask her husband who she’s voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, “We’re votin’ for the n***er!”

Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: “We’re voting for the n***er.”

In this economy, racism is officially a luxury. How is John McCain going to win if he can’t win those voters?

Yeah…only in America.