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Fancy this mystery from Alaska: as things stood before the election, recently convicted-on-seven-counts felon Ted Stevens was appropriately losing by 13 percentage points in The Polls; similarly corrupt (but so far unconvicted!) at-large Rep. Don Young was losing by 6.5; John McCain was ahead by 14 in the state; early voting in the state was shattering records; and hometown gal Sarah Palin was still all the national rage. Sounds about right, HEHNGNN? And yet Alaska now finds itself on the brink of re-electing Stevens; Young easily kept his seat; McCain won by 25 percentage points; and voter turnout somehow declined 11% since 2004, when there was no mention of Alaska in the news! HMM WEIRD HUH? Well, fear not, because the most important mammal since Abraham Lincoln, NATE “DOGG” SILVER, is going to nab the bastards with his KILLA TREND LINE REGRESSIONS and cold motherfuckin’ MATH LASER GLOCKS. Then he’ll launch those slimy pervs into space with a pop-gun because he can do that. [FiveThirtyEight, Andrew Sullivan]

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  1. Something very fishy (!!!) happened in Alaska. I don’t think we’ve heard the last from this magnificent “state.” Alaska is now the court jester of the USA.

  2. So wait. Ohio didn’t get “fixed” but Alaska did? No wonder it was a landslide. Schmidt can’t figure out how to cheat right. Morans.

  3. My man Nate Dogg just stone cold feedin’ those numbers into trendline models and regressin’ analySIS, and spitting out statistical analysis smokin’ guns makin’the corrupt whitey fat cats shivver, nawdahmsayin?

  4. Alaskans have spent the last several decades looting the U.S. treasury for their personal gain. Do you think they give a rats ass that Ted Stevens was skimming a little bit off the top for himself?

    No way. I’m totally prepared to accept that they’d vote the guy back in. Hell, I’m totally prepared to accept that they’ll proclaim him King once the state declares its independence.

  5. Who gives a shit? Just let ’em secede already so Russia can take ’em over. I’d like Putin to judo chop Todd Palin and then make him watch as he impregnates all the Palin women.

  6. Hmm… thousands of dollars of clothes purchased by Palin and Company *disappear* … suddenly, the votes seem really off in Alaska…

    Hmm… should we be looking for shopping bags from Saks spread all over the tundra as booty for vote fixin’?

  7. Is it something about being on the corner of the country that makes a state unable to vote correctly? First Florida, now Alaska. Will Maine and all the brown people on the Baja Peninsula be next?

  8. Palin has never been good on the maths. Neither is Alaska.

    “I have absolutely no intention of engaging in any of the negativity because this has been all positive for me for what I believe in, the values that I represent and the progress that I wanna see America be able to make,” Palin said when asked about post-election finger-pointing. “Just absolutely no time for the pettiness. And that’s kinda just the way I’m wired. I don’t have time for that.”

    “This is an historic moment. Barack Obama has been elected president,” Palin added. “And God bless Barack Obama and his beautiful family and the new administration coming in. It is time that we all pulled together and worked together and America’s going to reach her destiny.”

    Even her Prepositional Phrases don’t add up.

  9. Maybe the fact that the Presidential election was already virtually decided by the time Alaskans drove home kept some left-leaning voters from bothering to vote. At that time Pennsylvania had been decided and Obama was leading in Florida (and I think at one point in Georgia as well).

  10. [re=169475]Valerie[/re]: Katie Harris moved to Alaska when she heard they tattooed the make-up on up there. She now has time to manage the Fredrick’s of Hollywood Superstore in addition to fixing elections.

  11. [re=169494]Serolf Divad[/re]: I completely agree. Having lived in the state for over 6 years (Kenai, Juneau, and Fairbanks) – and having left it because it was too full of rejects from the deep south, I totally buy the fact that Alaskans would vote Stevens back in. He’s their mob boss. He gets things done in D.C. What the fuck do they care if he’s a dishonest, sleazebag, wrinkled up ballsack?

  12. [re=169534]Custerwolf[/re]:

    If anything they’re probably surprised at his self-denial: “You’ve looted billions from the U.S. treasury and all you’ve personally got to show for it is the wrap-around porch on your log cabin?” I mean the guy’s practically an ascetic monk, for God’s sake.

  13. [re=169560]ManchuCandidate[/re]:

    Yeah, but then come next Republican administration we’d just have to invade them for their oil, so it’s not really worth it.

  14. Whenever I hear Don Young’s name mentioned it brings to mind an Alaska Geographic book I read about 25 years ago. It was a book beautifully illustrated with photos of native wildlife, accompanied by factual info and personal anecdotes. One such story was written by Don Young. I can’t remember the exact details, but the basic gist went like this….”While out hunting caribou one winter I spotted a beautiful black wolf trotting out of the trees. The wolf was completely unaware of my presence so I continued to watch it’s majestic figure wandering about in the falling snow. Then, since I had an extra bullet with me, I shot it.” He is a fat ugly prick who has stacks of kiddie porn tucked away under his belly fat. In the photo he looks like he’s goona splode all over his pathetic-assed wife. She deserves it.

  15. Just made a trendline with my sweet PC
    on a mission trying to prove my hypotheses
    Seen a quirk in the ‘quation gonna need to tweak
    all you skirts know what’s up with 538

  16. [re=169607]Custerwolf[/re]: “I spotted a beautiful black wolf trotting out of the trees…. Then, since I had an extra bullet with me, I shot it.”

    You mean everyone doesn’t shoot beautiful things whenever they can? That’s what the Second Amendment is about!

  17. [re=169514]JadedDIssonance[/re]: I can’t believe that fuckhead McCain wouldn’t let her do her secession…er…concession speech. Would have been a treat.

  18. [re=170074]Stealth Liberal[/re]: Haha. Florida still sucks. They finally voted democrat, but only when it didn’t matter. Fucking stupid fucking Florida. Everyone there should die. (Sorry grandpa)

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