Isaac Chotiner's Q&A with Politico honchos John Harris and Jim VandeHei
has plenty of fun moments, but my favorite part is when Harris and VandeHei discuss Nate Silver, who is not a fan of their news organization
Especially fascinating: Harris and VandeHei appear to carefully balance each of their knocks on Silver with a compliment (or something close to one). Compliments are in italics, zings are in bold. Text that doesn't lean too far one way or the other in roman.
: I know why people found him interesting and entertaining, and some people found him illuminating
. There are people in our gang who think he is overblown
and get worked up about Nate Silver. I don’t give a damn*.
: Some of his stuff goes on and on, trying to use numbers to prove stuff that I don’t think can be proved by numbers alone
. I know he is a Politico hater. I admire what he has been able to do
: I admire how he has built a franchise
. I roll my eyes at how he gets up on his high horse quite a lot on different topics
*While this sentence appears to be dismissive, I think Harris is saying he doesn't give a damn about the disagreement and is not saying he doesn't give a damn about Nate Silver.