Nate Silver writes a post calling for cooler heads to prevail and for experts to be consulted. That seems like a pretty rational thing. But David Sirota is so tied into his image of the fire-breathing outsider speaking truth to the elites in Washington, he writes a silly post making the claim that Silver has told the people to STFU. Now, leaving aside Sirota’s pedigree of working inside the same gated community he now rails against (he worked for then – Rep. Bernie Sanders and for Center For American Progress), the point of his post is just wrong. Sirota’s schtick has been running for several years now and as many of the comments note, its kind of sad.
Brainless populism on the left is no better than anti-intellectualism on the right.