Numbers are hard.  Nowhere has this truism been more evident than in last night’s debate for John Kerry’s old Massachusetts senate seat, between career politician Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez.

First off, here is an official definition for the word arithmetic:

a·rith·me·tic  [n. uh-rith-muh-tik; adj. ar-ith-met-ik]  Show IPA

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1.  the method or process of computation with figures: the most elementary branch of mathematics.

Then, there’s this utterly confusing statement from Markey…

“It’s really not math. It’s just arithmetic. It’s very simple arithmetic. It’s not as complicated as math.”

That scholarly statement came during a discussion of the Keystone pipeline, in which Gomez had accused Democrats of ignoring math when it comes to creating jobs.

Like we said … numbers are hard.