Monday, April 18, 2016

Much ado of unseemly denial

We don't usually venture into
statistical disputation, but
a grievously prejudicial man-
ipulation of a comment by Mr
Sanders, stipulating to an
incongruous weighting of bal-
lots from demographic minor-
ities in the Primaries, from
States which cannot be won in
the Electoral College, has ex-
posed a hideously cynical ef-
fort to denounce the messenger
as racist. Krugman and Silver,
among usual paragons of stat-
istical interpretation, have
championed a sad deception,
based on a refusal to grasp
the subject: their candidate's
negative renown in States any
Democratic nominee must carry.

The complaint, that Mr Sanders
would read people out of the
Party for being useless to it,
betrays the perspective he is
challenging, of who should be
useful to whom. No one is less
useful to his opponent's can-
didacy, than its candidate.

futility of antiquity's re-
liance on demographic groups
cobbled together by the dis-
crimination they've suffered,
such as the white Southerner
in internal exile, in a year
when the subject is corrup-
tion and its maldistributions.
The old plantations of parti-
sanship are being recast, as
no one knows better than Krug-
man and Silver. 

We don't fault the rain that
brings the Spring. We fault
the window of its definition,
treasuring static droplets a-
gainst renewal's lavish pour.

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