It has become clear that the time has come for me to concede. I've been locked in a lifelong battle with one opponent who is relentless and seemingly omnipresent. And, as of last night, proven victorious. So I hereby officially concede defeat and tip my hat to my worthy opponent, Mathematics.
Math has been my nemesis since early elementary school, particularly during the era of Timed Multiplication Tests. At best, over the years, I've considered Math a necessary evil. But over the past few months, and I believe for the first time ever, Math has been a comfort to me, as well as a constant challenge.
How so? Through one man, Nate Silver, and his use of Math to predict the electoral college outcome in this year's presidential election. Four years ago, Nate and Math got my hopes up, but I worried that they would be dashed on election night. Not so. Nate and Math were able to correctly predict the outcome in 49 of 50 states.
This year, Nate was attacked as a liberal partisan hack for predicting a win by the President. He responded that it wasn't him doing the predicting; it was Math. All he did was compile, weight, and average polling data. Math had clearly indicated which outcome was most likely.
Internet, Math was correct. Nate and Math correctly predicted the outcome in every state that is decided. If Florida goes narrowly to Obama, then it'll be a clean sweep. What I'm saying is that it's time to throw our support behind the candidate we can actually trust. You win, Math. You may have been one of the leading killjoys of my childhood, but you're clearly victorious this week.
Math: You Don't Have to Like It, But You Have to Respect It. Apparently.
(It's ok, Spelling. We'll get 'em next time.)