Political Animal


August 08, 2012 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

By this time tomorrow, I’ll be about to land in Kansas City for a trip to the Iowa State Fair, an early birthday present from my wife. I’ll have more about that later as it affects the blogging schedule, but for the moment I am salivating in anticipation of Fair Food. This year’s new sensation is said to be a double-bacon-corn-dog, which, given corn and meat prices at the moment, may involve taking out a payday loan. But I’ll probably give it a try. Here are some lighter and presumably more nutritious midday snacks:

* New York Times’ Amy Chozick plumbs the familiar story of Obama’s media consumption habits. I’d like to see something similar about Romney.

* At Salon Steve Kornacki thinks (as do I) that including Clinton’s image in his mendacious welfare ad could turn out to be a major tactical error for Romney.

* Yahoo’s Chris Moody spends a night in Rob Portman’s “haunted hotel” but doesn’t meet any ghosts.

* National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar just can’t bring himself to believe Romney will pick a running-mate as boring as TPaw or Portman. Guess he hasn’t heard about the haunted hotel.

* But NBC’s First Read confidently asserts “final three” for veep are the aforementioned two boring people, plus the dangerously exciting Paul Ryan.

And in non-political news:

* Life among the top echelons of the 1%: Amazon exec pays 165k to fake agent to get Tom Petty to play at wedding, then gets crook arrested, lands Tom Petty anyway.

Back in just a bit after some Twitter chores.

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.


  • cwolf on August 08, 2012 2:20 PM:

    What's up with this Bull$**t ?

    Obama Knocks Romney for Saying True Things About Coal?

    Sorry folks, but Obama just is Wrong on Coal.

  • cwolf on August 08, 2012 2:21 PM:

  • T2 on August 08, 2012 4:04 PM:

    I imagine Romney is under great pressure to select Ryan - the TeaParty darling. As the First Read article points out, Seniors are already rightfully nervous about Medicare and SocSec, and a Ryan selection will freak them out. AARP has publicly called Ryan out on his Medicare privatization scheme and stand ready to do so again if he's on the ticket.
    It would also tie Mitt's hands economically, and would put him in the uncomfortable position of having a VP who is actually telling the president what to do economically.
    So, please MItt, select Paul Ryan.

  • Ro-money lies on August 08, 2012 5:12 PM:

    Steve Kornacki is right on--and he seems like a total genius on MSNBC.
    I think the ad will hurt Mitt Ro-money because it feeds into the liar handle. And anyone tuning in regularly to Fox Snooze is already voting for him.

    Meanwhile, he plummets in the polls:



    WASHINGTON POST/ABC—ROMNEY UNFAVORABLE TRENDING UP: “Although 40 percent of voters now say they hold a favorable opinion of the former Massachusetts governor — virtually unchanged from May — those holding negative views of him ticked higher in the new survey, from 45 percent to 49 percent… Meanwhile, President Obama remained in positive territory on that measure, with 53 percent of voters reporting favorable opinions of him. Only 43 percent say they feel unfavorably toward him…Critically, independent voters now hold their favorable views of Obama more strongly than they do of Romney. More independents view Obama favorably than unfavorably, by a margin of 53 percent to 40 percent. Their opinions of Romney were nearly reversed, with 37 percent viewing him favorably and 50 percent unfavorably.” Analysis by Jon Cohen and Roz Helderman: http://wapo.st/QKdP3R