Proving he would put his money where his stats are, FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver made a very public wager this week with Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough about the presidential election. “@JoeNBC: If you think it’s a toss-up, let’s bet,” Silver tweeted on Thursday. “If Obama wins, you donate $1,000 to the American Red Cross. If Romney wins, I do. Deal?” Silver then upped the ante to $2,000, but drew a rebuke from the public editor of The New York Times, which publishes his blog. “He’s been on a rant, calling me an idiot and a partisan, so I’m asking him to put some integrity behind it,” Silver said in his defense. “I don’t stand to gain anything from it; it’s for charity.”
The payoff: Without accepting the bet, Scarborough pledged $1,000 to the Red Cross on Thursday (and a reader matched his donation). Silver, for his part, tweeted that he donated a brand appropriate $2,538.