Huffingtonpost is already talking about "Nate Silver's victory lap." I think it's important to remember that a lot of people who followed his 538 blog this election cycle weren't doing so because they shopped carefully and extensively for the most sophisticated predictive model; they followed it because it told them what they wanted to hear. I followed the blog because I followed it before it was bought up by NYT because of SIlver's success last time around, but back then I started following it because it told me what I wanted to hear (and because of recommendations from JC member early adopters). Confirmation bias isn't just a weakness of the folks who visited unskewed polls every day. Dunning-Kruger is alive and well on the left. Most fans of 538, me included, aren't qualified to assess Silver's statistical analysis. We congratulate ourselves for following the Money Ball guy because his models represent reality-based science. How do we know this? Because he told us. I'm glad 538 was right, but I don't see the death of punditry or a collapse of the Fox News alternate reality bubble as the result of post-election shock.