Nate Silver Knocks ‘Hypocritical’ Democrats Who Criticized His Analysis

Nate Silver at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013. 13th August 2013 Picture by Russell G Sneddon/Writer Pictures (Writer Pictures via AP Images)
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The feud between probability wizard Nate Silver and Democratic campaigns deepened Tuesday when Silver penned a blog post saying that Democrats were “hypocritical” for criticizing his Senate forecast and then fundraising off it.

“Here’s the least surprising news: Political campaigns are hypocritical,” Silver wrote. “At the same time the DSCC is criticizing our forecasts publicly, it’s sending out email pitches that cite Nate Silver’s ‘shocking, scary’ forecasts to compel Democrats into donating.”

As TPM reported, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out a memo Monday noting that Silver has been wrong in the past about Senate races — a day after Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website released a new 2014 forecast that gave Republicans about a 60 percent chance of winning the Senate.

The Atlantic also reported that the DSCC led with Silver’s “shocking, scary new Senate forecasts” in a fundraising email.

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