In a must-read post by David Weinberger, he explores and explains why so many people -- Republicans, journalists and others -- all looking at the same polling data, came to different conclusions about who was going to win the presidency. Here's a snip, but go there to read it all:
"As a matter of empirical fact, data does not drive agreement, or at least doesn’t drive it sufficiently strongly that by itself it settles issues. For one reason or another, some responsible adults are going to get it wrong. This doesn’t mean we should give up. It certainly doesn’t lead to a relativist conclusion. It instead leads to an acceptance of the fact that we are never going to agree, even when the data is good, plentiful, and right in front of our eyes. And, yeah, that’s more than a little scary."