Among the many "actual, lived truth[s]" to which last week's election ought to awaken Republicans, add the hard fact that pollsters did not conspire to cook all of their books to favor President Obama. Stats king Nate Silver reviews the performance of 23 major polling outfits and finds that only four showed recognizable Democratic bias.
In the last three weeks of the campaign, 12 out of the 23 major pollsters overstated Mitt Romney's position by one point or more. Gallup, one of the most trusted pollsters, did worst, overselling Romney's prospects by 7.2 points.
Now these numbers do not establish that there was a pro-Romney conspiracy. But they do puncture one more paranoid fantasy of the persecution-complex conservatives, who assert against all evidence that liberals are rigging the system against them.