Damage control: Dem leaders scramble after Nate Silver picks GOP to retake the Senate « Hot Air: "Interesting as evidence of the exalted place that Silver now occupies in the lefty political imagination. No one performs the same function for righties anymore. Karl Rove did, kinda sorta, once upon a time, but after Dubya’s dismal second term, the tea party’s break with establishment Republicans, and American Crossroads’ terrible 2012 campaign, his infallibility is long gone. Silver’s is intact, for now. He’s the guy whom liberals turned to through the ups and downs of the last presidential race for reassurance that, yes, Obama was still favored to win and in fact had been somewhat heavily favored to win since day one of the campaign. He was their security blanket, and when all 50 states hit just like he predicted (as they did for other election modelers, thanks to the spot-on state poll averages), they decided he was a cross between Max Cohen and Merlin."
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