FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
A professor’s long nap in the woods: For all we know, Andrew Gelman is the nicest guy on earth. More on this point below.
But Gelman is also a professor—a political science professor, no less. We’ll grant you, he teaches at a lesser school.
Yesterday, Gelman offered a truly remarkable post at his Monkey Cage blog. Kevin Drum spotted Gelman's post. And he posted about it!
Gelman’s post shines a hot blinding light on a basic part of our political world. We’ll offer a full post on this topic tomorrow or Monday. Just so you’ll know, we got dinged by Kevin for our “obsession” with the press coverage of Campaign 2000. At least one (otherwise) well-informed commenter offered the same assessment.
So you’ll know, “obsession” is a bit like “shrill.” In modern parlance, it’s a term applied by those who were wrong to those who were right from Day One.
It’s considered obsessive to be right all along. Psychiatrically, it’s considered more balanced to discover the truth twelve years later!
Whatever! Kevin made a very good catch—and Gelman’s post is highly instructive. The wages of group silence are vast—willful group silence by “liberals.”
Just click here. Marvel at the basic idea one professor had never encountered! Our question:
If professors have never heard these things, what hope is there for the public?
As we said above: For our money, Gelman may be the world’s most honest person. In the face of pushback from his commenters, he quickly said that he may be wrong.
On this topic, the professor was wrong. But how in the world did that happen?