It's infuriating to me when political journalists lack the most basic understanding of quantitative data. For instance, I just heard a podcast of an NPR story about President 衬套's political legacy in which Mara Liasson 被提及 to "the president's 决定性 re-election victory in 2004." But as many people (包括我) pointed out at the time, 衬套's win was hardly "决定性." For instance, as Ron Brownstein 注意到的, 衬套's 选举团 margin was the second narrowest for an incumbent since the passage of the 12th Amendment -- only Woodrow Wilson got a lesser share of the available electoral votes.
更新1/22下午3:39：在评论中，大卫 暗示 that 衬套's victory was 决定性 with respect to the 民众投票, but that's not true either. As Brownstein 指出, "衬套 beat Kerry by just 2.9 percentage points: 51% to 48.1%. That's the smallest margin of victory for a reelected president since 1828."