Just a few days after surviving a sitdown with Colbert, Nate Silver visited Jon Stewart last night (see segment below).
Nate admits he blew one race—the North Dakota Senate race—so Jon wonders how he can possibly show his face outside. Jon reveals that he feared that if the results of the election went differently yesterday it “would be a defeat for arithmetic,” and “gravity would be up for grabs.” Silver: Those who predicted Romney wins in many swing states “not in touch with reality.”
Jon asks if the Electoral College ended, how would things be different? Nate replies, that could hurt Dems, not help, because they tend to win a bunch of states by slim margins. Silver also says Repubs should be scared that Cubans in Florida turning more to Dems and that “purple” state may now turn “blue.” But Republicans “might get their acts together in four years.”
Jon tells his guest he is being too humble about his success, he should be standing up now and screaming, “I AM NATE SILVER, LORD AND GOD OF THE ALGORITHM!” Then Jon invites him back—to talk baseball.
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