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Election Video: Colbert and Silver Buck Up Obama Supporters

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 6, 2012 at 4:11PM

NY Times blogger Nate Silver was impressive on Charlie Rose and he's hilarious on The Colbert Report. Basically, the author of "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--But Some Don't" thinks most political pundits are full of hot hair and it's not rocket science to add up the averages on a series of polls and come to the conclusion with 87% certainty that our incumbent president has more than 270 electoral votes in the bag.
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Nate Silver and Stephen Colbert
Nate Silver and Stephen Colbert

NY Times blogger Nate Silver was impressive on Charlie Rose and he's hilarious on The Colbert Report. Basically, the author of  "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--But Some Don't" thinks most political pundits are full of hot hair and it's not rocket science to add up the averages on a series of polls--which are trending even more toward Obama in the last 48 hours-- and come to the conclusion with 87% certainty that our incumbent president has more than 270 electoral votes in the bag.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.