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April 27, 2012 1:25 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Even if the day is racing by, don’t forget your nutritional needs. A few appetizers:

* Conservatives are pointing to a 2003 news report that Mitt Romney and his family saved a Scottish Terrier—not to mention six human beings—from possible death after a boating accident in 2003. Allahpundit calls the story a “gamechanger” in the campaign. Seriously.

* Nate Silver argues that polls showing close race in Arizona are indicator that Obama’s ahead nationally, not that the state itself is suddenly a “swing state.”

* Wisconsin courts make it clear that state’s new voter ID law will not be in effect for recall election.

* Turns out ALEC’s friends in SC legislature quietly passed law exempting the group from lobbyist ethics requirements.

* House passes GOP version of CISPA despite White House veto threat.

And in non-political news:

* You can read an actual debate at HuffPost about whether Kanye really likes Kim.

I’ll be back soon, but for those watching the clock and anticipating the weekend, here’s a vintage video from The Vapors, better known as the New Wave band that was “Turning Japanese.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • Steve P on April 27, 2012 1:36 PM:

    "Conservatives are pointing to a 2003 news report that Mitt Romney and his family saved a Scottish Terrier—not to mention six human beings—from possible death after a boating accident in 2003."

    And if Obama had done the same thing, we'd be getting ads from "Bass Boat Veterans For Truth" every six minutes.

  • estamm on April 27, 2012 2:41 PM:

    First: Heh. Turning Japanese. Didn't realize what this really meant when it first came out. Heh.

    Second: Romney was on a JET SKI when he 'saved' these people. So, if he talks about saving these people, he ALSO needs to mention that he was playing on JET SKIS, thereby sorta bringing up how rich he is. I don't blame the Romney campaign for not mentioning this.

  • AndThenThere'sThat on April 27, 2012 2:57 PM:

    Second: Romney was on a JET SKI when he 'saved' these people.

    Thanks for clearing that up. I was actually imagining Romney coming across a capsized boat while trawling by on a giant yacht with one of those skipper hats.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on April 27, 2012 3:02 PM:

    Re: Mitt saves dog and others in boating accident.

    Is this what the Romney Cheerleader Desparate Battle Cry sounds like? Well with a "square" like Romney, I guess this is the best they can do...

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on April 27, 2012 3:42 PM:

    Re: Kim and Kanye (as much as I hate to talk about this kind of drivel...)

    Didn't the Kardashians get a 3-yr contract extension for their show? I'm pretty sure a new man--whose name begins with "K", of course!!!--would do wonders for ratings (theoretically). But if his name began with any other letter in the alphabet, I'd say Kim was geniunely expanding her horizons...

    Of course, what my poor ass thinks is pretty damn irrelevant to such fantabulositious beings as Kim and Kanye...

  • Bartelby on April 28, 2012 1:54 PM:

    The "Mitt saves dog and family" story doesn't pass the smell test.

    I've spent a great deal of time on Lake Winnipesaukee and I've frequently driven past Romney's house by boat.

    The "original" story says that two Romney boys were cleaning the beach while dad "puttered in the garage". If you can get past the part about Romney working/puttering in his garage and his sons doing actual manual labor you're left with the fact that the Romney NH lake house doesn't have a "beach" by any definition of that word. Rather than a beach it has a small yard and a waterfront bordered by shrubs and natural rock. And no resident or reporter would mistake "doing yard work" for "cleaning the beach". Furthermore, I don't know anyone who can even recall seeing a Romney family member on the lakeside of that house.

  • carolanne on April 28, 2012 7:24 PM:

    Read the news item a little more carefully. He picked up the dog because it was the only one NOT WEARING A LIFE VEST. So I don't think he saved the human lives, they could have swum to shore, and every dog I know loves to swim. So, while it wasn't exactly heroic, it was the decent thing to do, like I think most people would.