On Adamize, Jamelle Bouie predicts an Obama win, unless Romney turns out to have probability-altering powers, and Adam skeptically considers the argument that an Obama win would be illegitimate. Adam argues that conservatives’ recent obsession with Nate Silver is the result of his debunking of the Romney campaign’s claims of Mittmentum. Adam and Jamelle both worry about the racial ramifications of an Obama loss, and predict the legislative activity of a second Obama term. They close by considering people who support Romney because they think he’s lying.
On Friedersdorf, Conor and Max expand on their recent Twitter debate over third-party presidential candidate Gary Johnson. Max argues that Johnson’s libertarian economic policies are no less immoral than Obama’s drone strikes. Conor defends Johnson’s record as governor of New Mexico, but Max charges that conservative operatives now run Johnson’s campaign. Conor clarifies that he supports left-wing third-party candidate Jill Stein over either Romney or Obama. They partly agree that the conservative judicial philosophy poses a threat to civil liberties, but disagree on Johnson’s foreign policy. Conor maintains that Johnson is a competent leader, and Max notes that he wouldn’t support a third-party candidate if he lived in a swing state. Finally, they debate over whether libertarians and progressives can find common ground.