Nate Silver, the It Boy of Election Night 2012, is saying he’ll stop prognosticating about political races if he thinks he’s unduly affecting the democratic process.
Politico reports the “sexually gay”statistician told an audience at Washington University he wants to be an observer not a deciderer:
“I hope people don’t take the forecasts too seriously. You’d rather have an experiment where you record it off from the actual voters, in a sense, but we’ll see.
If it gets really weird in 2014, in 2016, then maybe I’ll stop doing it. I don’t want to influence the democratic process in a negative way.”
What exactly Silver means by a “negative way” is open to interpretation: Does he mean if people stay home because they feel the election has been decided? Or does he mean if Republicans manage to use his predictions to their advantage?
In either case, isn’t it a little late for such talk? Silver was all over the media last year, talking up his predictions. Did he think we just stayed glued to his appearances because we thought he was cute? (Well, that too.)