A Vote That Matters

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On June 25, 2004
The fine folk at The Rittenhouse Review offer us a meaningful choice in this election year: the best ADA in Law & Order history. The answer, of course, is “Jill Hennessy.” I agree that Rohm is the worst, although revisionist viewers have tended to airbrush Angie Harmon’s awfulness. (And at least my grandmother probably couldn’t burn Rohm’s […]

VPs and electoral narcissism

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On June 24, 2004
Well, I just had my first blogger-eaten post. Dammit. 20 minutes I’ll never get back. Here’s the thrust of it: Atrios is right (as usual). The obsessive handwringing about VP selections (like Yglesias and Klein on Gephardt, for example) is unnecessary and counterproductive. The VP matters very little, and only electorally. If Gep helps win MO, […]

Junk Science

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On June 23, 2004
The Hardball Times evaluates the “Productive Outs” stat now being used by ESPN–expect to get the hard sell from your local broadcaster soon. Anyway, a team’s tendency to make “productive outs” has a strong negative correlation with both scoring runs and winning. Apparently, getting on base and hitting for power are more effective ways of scoring […]
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