3 thoughts on “Looks Like the Romneybot Crashed Again

  1. Just posted a comment on A’s “All the F-in Givens” that would be more important here. To balance it out, I’m not sure if this is more germane here or in the same A’s column. These two columns make a great pair.
    I find it damning that Romney apparently got absolutely no convention bounce. Especially since it appears that Obama got a reasonable bounce in the numbers. Of course, even the best planned poll doesn’t accurately predict the election numbers (2 obvious causes being that people don’t always do as they say to a pollster and the inherrent skewing of the population to only those who actually came out to vote).
    But add to this the Repub treatment of numbers and statistics. In a current example, NPR/All Things Considered is reporting today on a Florida panel looking at the Stand-your-Ground law. http://www.npr.org/2012/09/13/161074916/stand-your-ground-law-likely-to-remain Towards the bottom of the article are two paragraphs:
    But Republican State Rep. Dennis Baxley, one of the authors of the bill, said he had heard enough.
    “Facts are facts. The violent crime did not increase because of this law. I think we did hear … that tourism did not go down, it went up. Now, I don’t think we need to prove cause and effect or correlation,” Baxley says
    Isn’t Post Hoc still considered a classic falacy to be avoided???? I’d also love to know what years they looked at. Wasn’t Florida flattened by sequential hurricaines – from memory, 5 or 6 years ago? Has Florida done nothing different other than the Stand-Your-Ground law? etc.

  2. Should have included that I don’t see the numbers meaning that Romney is definitely out. But the numbers don’t look good for him.
    And RE: Florida – not to mention ignoring that justafiable homicide has increased in FLA. Wonder on how they defined which cases were violent crime and which were justifiable homicide. Basic data collection problem that if not addressed makes the numbers unusable from the git-go

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