Political Animal


August 07, 2012 5:57 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Have to confess I am still angry about Romney’s welfare ad and the mendacity and hatefulness it reflects, but two posts a day on this one topic are probably enough, so I’ll await the next development. Here are some remains of the day:

* I knew Romney was aligning himself with the Israeli Right, but this is ridiculous: Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller reports Mitt attacked the Kibbutz movement at a Chicago fundraiser.

* If the Georgia transportation sales tax referenda I wrote about briefly here interests you, I’ve got a long take up at the TNR site, emphasizing the national implications.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll demolishes bad-faith attacks on Medicaid.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer mulls the demise of Summer Pell Grants.

* PPP has new polling showing Obama still ahead in NC and CO.

And in non-political news:

* Some thoughts on the relationship of college football and television, via my favorite sports blogger.

We’ll have Missouri Primary results in the morning, along with whatever fresh horror the campaign advertising world offers.


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.


  • Zorro on August 07, 2012 9:03 PM:

    Ah, Mittens.... w/o the Kibbutzim, there would be no Israel today.

    Apparently, Mittens- being a Mormon, he believes that he's a real Jew, and those of us wearing Kippot, going to synagogue, keeping kosher, etc. are actually gentiles (no, really)- is now more Zionist than Theodore Herzl.

    Odd coincidence time: the CAPTCHA for this post featured a word in Hebrew. Again: no, really.


  • Marvin on August 07, 2012 9:03 PM:

    RE: your welfare ad anger: I remember when Jesse Helms beat Harvey Gantt the first time, and Jeff Greenfield quipped that Helms ran a 1968-style campaign in 1990 and got away with it. Romney is doing the same thing in 2012, but I don't think he'll get away with it. If racial resentment were what it used to be, we wouldn't have a bi-racial President to begin with.

    Romney's gotta do more than run ads that tell people what they already know (the economy's bad, and my opponent is a black guy!) He's gotta give people a reason to vote FOR him. That he hasn't suggests to me that his internal polls are telling him he still hasn't sealed the deal with the Haters on the far-right. So Romney runs ads to prove that he hates Obama as much as they do, and for all the same reasons.

    Not a recipe for wooing independents or winning the election.

  • Ask about the real issues we face today on August 07, 2012 9:19 PM:

    Mitt Romney is lying about the current welfare system in his current lying ad--this ad was found to be pants on fire lying by Politifact.
    All 29 governors signed onto this welfare plan, including Mitt Romney, also signing his name to the flexibilty offered to states on welfare in the past.
    Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, called Romney out on his big ass lie--Romney himself had signed a letter begging for state's flexiblity--that letter has been found, in black and white proof-- he did it--and other republican governors continue to sign for flexibilty with welfare programs.
    Romney's campaign is going after race. Dog whistles inclusive. He is really a large liar tryin to paint President Obama as something other.
    Bill Clinton will address this. Romney is even lying about Bill Clinton. Romney is also lying about the differences between President Obama and President Bill Clinton.
    Experts say Romney made a huge error with this latest lie. He is a lying liar.

  • pjcamp on August 07, 2012 9:54 PM:

    In case you haven't heard, Nathan Deal is blaming the failure of the Georgia tax referendum on MARTA (the public transit agency in Atlanta). He claims the people didn't want bad MARTA governance to waste the money. Given that there were 6 MARTA projects and 151 non-MARTA projects, that seems an odd claim. In any case, he says no more deals until MARTA sorts its management problems out. Given that their biggest management problem is that the state government dictates how MARTA is allowed to spend its revenues, that is likely to take a while.

  • Ask about the real issues we face on August 07, 2012 10:19 PM:

    Even John Hellieman-- on Lawrence O'Donnell's show now, is saying that Romney is dishonest with the ad and tinkering with language--as in --exploiting racism--i.e.
    gathering up that resentment that people are taking what is not theirs--the ad is preying on people, it's a welfare attack, and it is desperate and grasping.
    Ugly ground, John Pedesta adds--saying the media has the responsibility to call it out.
    Cognitive dissonance by Romeny is noted by Alex Wagner, filling in for Lawrence. Good for her.
    Who is lying the worse, she asks--we are dancing around with the shades and the lashes.
    Cable teevee has been great on the issue to-nite

  • JM917 on August 08, 2012 1:12 AM:

    Romney should trash talk re: the kibbutzim. Surely he realizes how much the early Mormon success in Utah resulted from the virtual collective farms that the first generation of LDS established, and the practically communistic rules for sharing water rights that his church insisted upon. What the first Zionist pioneers achieved in "making the desert bloom" in Palestine was precisely paralleled by the first-generation Mormon settlement in "Deseret."

    That was a clearly collectivist effort, and something for which I (who am very critical of Mormonism in general) have genuine admiration.

    The Mormons abandoned the collective approach to farming and business in the late nineteenth century, when they substituted the rule that each LDS family must tithe 10% of its now-individually owned economic enterprise to the church.

    I wonder how honestly Willard M. Romney reports his economic "success" to the church elders. We may never know, if he keeps refusing to release his tax returns...

    What a slimeball. His attitude reeks of self-righteous disdain for everyone less "successful," while he continues to pour out a tsumami of lies to advance his political fortunes.

  • More on Romney's lies on August 08, 2012 8:59 AM:

    Great, from Joe Klein:


    "How incompetent is the Romney campaign? They keep coming up with these stupid gambits–the last was the lie that Obama opposed early voting for members of the military in Ohio–that are shot down instantaneously (everywhere but in Fox-Rush land). And worse, the Democrats–who seem to have a superior oppo team–can often produce counter-stories, like the Herald item, that make things even worse for Romney.

    "But there is a larger question here: How stupid does he think we are? Every day brings a mind-boggling act of untruth-telling. Last week, he told Sean Hannity that his economic plan “is very similar to the Simpson-Bowles plan.” Except for the fact that Simpson-Bowles raised $2 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years and Romney’s plan raises…well, he won’t say, but so far he hasn’t identified one red cent. I can’t remember a candidate so brazenly allergic to facts. What a travesty."