Tumblr Icon RSS Icon

Fifteen Years ‘Till His Liver Exploded

By ThinkProgress on January 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

"Fifteen Years ‘Till His Liver Exploded"

Share:

google plus icon

Michael Barone observes that “Every 16 years–in 1976, 1992 and now in 2008–American voters have seemed less interested in experience and credentials and more interested in a new face unconnected to the current political establishment” and then goes on to wonder “What can explain this 16-year itch?”

I’ll endorse the Nyhan hypothesis: it’s random chance. This is an extreme example, but a strikingly large quantity of political journalism seems focused on this kind of silly analytical error.

‹ PREVIOUS
Reportage

NEXT ›
Metro Policy

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.