Look, the predictions Dean Chambers made on UnskewedPolls.com were totally wrong, but at least he did math to get them. Chambers' followup, BarackOFraudo.com, is supposed to expose how Democrats stole the 2012 election, but you can find more original content on bot-made e-commerce sites.
Chambers has no real argument for why Mitt Romney was the secret winner in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida, other than that it feels like he was. Granted, UnskewedPolls was partially based on feelings, too. Most public polls found there were more Democrats than Republicans among likely voters, and Chambers felt Democrats and Republicans were probably roughly equal. So he'd reweight the polls based on what he thought was a more accurate partisan makeup of the electorate. "Many of us believed that the electorate was going to look more like 2010 rather than 2008," Chambers told New York. "We just turned out to be wrong in that belief or assumption or prediction, whatever you want to call it." It wasn't completely crazy -- Public Policy Polling's Tom Jensen explained that weighting polls is the trickiest part. "We’ve gotten to the point where the art form of polling – the weighting – is as important, if not more important, to determining whether a poll is accurate than the scientific part." Chambers' assumptions were very wrong, but he fought for them with heart and passion.
BarackOFraudo is a weak sequel. His map shows four black states where Obama must have stolen the vote. To explain why each state was stoel, Chambers just copy and pasted content for each state, and then switched out the proper names. Compare the explainer on Pennsylvania:
Democrats are known for years for stuffing the ballot boxes in the city of Philadelphia, often it is the margin of victory for statewide candidates who lose state wide as Democrats but can win the election by gaining enough votes among the million registered voters, as well as other votes cast, in Philadelphia.
To the explainer on Ohio:
Democrats are known for years for stuffing the ballot boxes in the city of Cleveland, often it is the margin of victory for statewide candidates who lose state wide as Democrats but can win the election by gaining enough votes among the million registered voters, as well as other votes cast, in Cleveland.
Florida was tougher to fill out:
Democrats are known for years for stuffing the ballot boxes in a number of heavily Democrat leaning counties in Florida.
Fans of fake science will be deeply disappointed. It's almost as if Chambers doesn't believe in his own cause anymore. Meanwhile, true diehard patriot Orly Taitz is still continuing her original and creative all-caps freakout over Obama's birth certificate.
Right after Obama won, Chambers admitted he'd been wrong. But now he says he wasn't that wrong. "I'm getting credible information of evidence in those states that there enough numbers that are questionable and could have swung the election," Chambers tells Slate's Dave Weigel. Chambers says he's only putting up non-crazy theories about election fraud: "Things like the 59 voting divisions of Philadelphia where Romney received zero votes." Fox News researcher Brandy Zadrozny has pointed out that John McCain got zero or almost zero votes in dozens of Philadelphia and Cleveland voting divisions in 2008. BarackOFraudo.com might be crazy-free, but it's also soulless. Chambers couldn't even be bothered to come up with a real rhyme.
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