The fact that Republicans are so desperate to discredit Nate Silver over his prediction that Mitt Romney has a less than a 25 percent chance of winning the presidency is a clear sign that desperation is setting in on the right.
But the oddest, and most childish, attack on Silver comes from polling conspiracy theorist Dean Chambers — he’s behind the “unskewed” poll website that reconfigures polling results so that Romney always comes out ahead. Based on the only photo of him that is widely available, Chambers appears to be at least 100 pounds over optimum for a man of normal height, and yet he issued a statement in which he insulted Silver’s appearance:
“Nate Silver is a man of very small stature, a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice that sounds almost exactly like the ‘Mr. New Castrati’ voice used by Rush Limbaugh on his program.”
David Ferguson, writing for Raw Story, notes a resonance between Chambers’ smear against Silver, who is Jewish, and “Richard Wagner’s anti-Semitic criticisms of Felix Mendelssohn, wherein he deemed Mendelssohn’s music to be ‘effeminate’ and ‘vague,’ as well as ‘flabby and colorless’ and, having been produced by a Jew, ‘outside the pale of German art-life.’”
We struck by the “separated at birth” resemblance between Dean Chambers and Whitaker Chambers, the bisexual former communist who outed Algier Hiss and later became a senior editor at the right-wing National Review magazine.