Think of it as "Mythbusters" for politics, without the errant cannonballs
Posted by David Brooks | Friday, June 1, 2012
Geeks like quantifiable data because it can be verified. Politicians like vague statements because they can't.
That helps explain why geeks don't like politics, although there are plenty of other reasons, too.
Be that as it may, politics is too important to never be held to a CSICOP-like accounting. To do that, or at least try to do it, The Telegraph has partnered with a national site called PolitiFact. The nature of the political beast means that there's more subjectivity in the results than we might like, but at least somebody is double-checking promises and speeches.
If you'd like to check out this attempt to approach politics in a science-ish manner, here's the site: http://www.politifact.com/new-hampshire/
You'll notice a GraniteGeek feed in the right rail. I'd like to say the placement was driven by the brilliance of my prose poetry, but I suspect it's just a free space-filler.