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    At least I think it is. I would expect that the single most important qualification of a political pundit would be some knowledge of the discipline of political science. As anyone with a poly sci degree (like me) knows, statistical analysis and probability equations are as much at the heart of the business as raising money for a war chest.

    Even though my degree is over 30 years old and I don't do it for a living, we still did those things back then. We pored over reams of printed data and performed probability calculations with a calculator. We, didn't use trendy terms like "data mining," but the work was data intensive. Contemporary tools are much more powerful and allow for greater precision but the principles are basically the same.

    Clearly, Peggy Noonan is scared by polysyllabic words. Anyone qualified to do the job that was posted would have no problem understanding exactly what the job entailed, or what all those big scary words mean. While she may be more comfortable tossing runes to predict the outcome of an election, any political scientist knows that the reality of political analysis involves a lot of number crunching.

    I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

    by itsjim on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:52:51 AM PST

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