Goldberg also confuses statistical models with the underlying mathematics, and the underlying sampling errors inherent in statistics.
"Still, isn't it possible that the passionate defense Silver arouses from some people on the left has just a bit more to do with the comfort he dispenses than with the sophistication of his analysis? And isn't it also possible that some of the conservatives screaming bloody murder about how his model has to be rigged are paying homage to the same cult of the numbers?
Yes, Ransom is correct here. All arising from the game of "my team is winning" that politicians play, until after the votes are counted.