Political Animal


September 18, 2012 5:50 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Never a dull moment lately, eh? As Mitt Romney hopes against hope for a distraction from his distractions from his can’t-miss economic referendum, here are some remains of the day:

* Erick Erickson fires back at conservatives doubting the wisdom of Mitt’s “Boca Moment,” complete with a handy-dandy blogroll of sites backing his ferocious, eat-the-poor POV.

* For dessert, ol’ Erick says MSM should be treated as “enemy collaborators.”

* Mixed bag o’ polls today, with Gallup Tracking showing Obama’s lead back down to 1 point, while WaPo gives incumbent 8-point LV lead in crucial Virginia.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys looks at new research on nurture/nature question: “adoption effect” disparities show fortunate upbringing has big impact on IQ.

* And at College Guide, Daniel Luzer has a lotta good posts today. One smacks down recent conservative talk about college education being no big deal.

And in non-political news:

* Harvard scholar finds 4th century Coptic text referring to Jesus’ wife (and also a female disciple). Dan Brown is probably already firing up his PC.

Back tomorrow, which will probably be a letdown after today’s fireworks.


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.


  • Kolobian on September 18, 2012 7:24 PM:

    Hmmm. Considering other current polling showing Obama now has significantly lower ratings on foreign policy - it being rather clearly due to the attacks by rioting Muslim extremists etc. - the Gallup result is not very surprising. Isn't it interesting, all this talk recently about Democrats finally regaining fo po credentials, Obama basking in a better PCB, and so on ... and then "right on cue" that curious horrible little clip comes out. Yeah, it was filmed somewhat earlier and so on, but just too useful as a hammer against Obama to be just some random weird effort by a "sincere" but misguided hater. I've seem very interesting parallels and connections drawn by some of our top commenters in previous threads. Really, there is more than meets the eye here, and people need to dig into this trashy little video to find the puppet strings.

  • dr. bloor on September 18, 2012 8:37 PM:

    "For dessert, olí Erick says MSM should be treated as 'enemy collaborators.'"

    Yeah, I look forward to Erick's steadfast refusal to live by his principles the next time CNN waves money in his face in return for his services as a "right-leaning pundit."

  • neil bA@Z.NET on September 18, 2012 9:23 PM:

    Below is an anonymized letter I sent to one of my misguided (literally) conservative friends, regarding about yet another dopey right-wing email rumor:

    Dear X,

    It doesn't surprise me either, but I don't mean in the sense of the claims being true:
    This site casts some doubt on the claims without a clear verdict, but says it looks suspicious.
    A more recent factcheck site had some readers go over the book and found lots of flaws in the claims:
    It said a lot of the stories are more or less true (and to illustrate the site fairness, it says yes Reagan and Nancy were nice etc, Al Gore said that [but could have been sarcastic], but regarding the Obamas:

    [Claim]: Barack and Michelle Obama look down on the Secret Service and hate the military. He is egotistical, cunning and untrustworthy and has temper tantrums. Michelle is a complete bitch, who hates anybody who is not black; hates the military; and looks at the Secret Service as servants- Fiction! & Unproven!

    According to Kessler's book, agents said that are treated with respect by both Barack Obama, codename Renegade, and First Lady Michelle, whose codename is Renaissance. They also said that agents were twice invited "to dinner, including a party for a relative, both at his home." The agent also said that Michelle insisted that agents call her by her first name.

    There was no mention in the book of how the Obama's felt about the military.

    updated 02/01/12

    Yeah, the claims sounded just so conveniently appealing to a certain crowd to be true. But here's a juicy conspiratorial tidbit: "Obama, codename Renegade" ...

    X, by now I figure you wouldn't trust this email gossip junk - factcheckers (maybe you don't like being dictated to by them ;-) quote that very same email word by word. Why not get the book and read it yourself, etc?

    As for taxpayers, it is ironic that anyone who actually does *earn* their income would be a fool to vote for Romney/Ryan, since Romney presumably supports Ryan's tax plan that removes taxes for those making money from capital gains (no excuse since trading does no good, only the original start-up capital deserves a break) and dividends. The latter is possible excusable, but still: people getting money from those activities would join that "47% who don't pay Federal income taxes" - yet I am *sure* they are not at all a lost cause for Mr. Romney, they are after all his backers right there at that secretive meeting we heard about.

  • mb on September 18, 2012 11:07 PM:

    Mitt's "Boca Moment":

    Since it was his mouth that got him in trouble saying things really only worthy of a rat, I think it is very fitting that it happened in Boca Raton.

  • skeptonomist on September 19, 2012 11:21 AM:

    The 47% speech will probably boost Romney's support in red states and decrease it in blue states as the bases are activated, but they are not relevant - it's the swing states that will decide. Too bad the polls are national - Presidential election polls should count only swing states.