Another NYT analyst using statistics to ignore the big dark horse in the room.

It always laughable when we see to what extent the MSM and its analytical mouthpieces go in order to preserve the inoffensive narrative that all social and cultural disorder stem from symptoms rather than causes.

It’s a flip-side world of cause and effect.

Carriage before the horse syndrome.

Intact Families, Continued: The Red-County Advantage

With the county data, the overall blue-state advantage disappears: Teenagers are more likely to live with both of their parents in red counties than in blue. In the counties where Mitt Romney won at least 50 percent of the vote in 2012, 57.7 percent of 15- to 17-year-olds live with both parents. In counties where Mr. Romney won less, 54.5 percent do.

Some critics of the earlier state-level analysis argued that it did not sufficiently take account of race — and that race, not politics, was driving the differences. And it’s true that black and Latino families are more likely to have only one parent and also more likely to vote Democratic, which explains some of the red-blue gap at the county level. But the higher share of intact families in red counties doesn’t appear to stem only from race.

Above all, Ms. Cahn and Ms. Carbone added, they think the best solution for stronger families is a stronger economy, with better jobs.

Where does all this leave us? I continue to think that both the blue and red models have lessons.

In this popular narrative which seeks to place the blame anywhere but race, “stronger families” is the horse and race is the unseen cart. In fact, race is simply not deemed to be a relevant part of the equation. It’s a trivial detail in the horse-carriage dynamic. Race is the rope which mannerly people deny exists; the cart just moves of its own accord.

Map showing percentage of children living in two-parent households.  Make your own assessment.
Map showing percentage of children living in two-parent households. Make your own assessment.