Political Animal


September 20, 2012 6:43 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

It’s good to be back on the Central Coast, and back to my iMac, which seemed to whisper to me as I booted it up: I warned you not to rely on that virus-plagued laptop.

Anyway, here are some final items of a reasonably active day:

* Romney rally in Sarasota spurs clashes, some very physical, between Move On and Occupy folk versus Mitt-supporting Tea Types. Lotta photos available from BuzzFeed.

* Ta-Nehisi Coates argues eroding respectability of racism making dog whistles harder to make and hear. Hope he’s right.

* Israeli paper reports U.S. warning Israeli government of destructive impact on treaties with Egypt and Jordan that would ensue from military strike against Iran.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll reports on startling out-of-pocket costs already being borne by Medicare beneficiaries.

* And at College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on possible wave-of-dystopic-future development from California: for-profit schools targeting students being wait-listed by cash-strapped community colleges (designed as open-admissions institutions) encouraging them to earn credits while they wait for space.

And in non-political news:

* Jerry Sandusky now accused of being part of tri-state “child sex ring.” The horror just won’t stop.

Tomorrow I hope to confine blogging to one locale, or at least one state.


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.


  • TCinLA on September 20, 2012 8:03 PM:

    From the look of the Romney supporters, they were all able to be there in the middle of the day because they're all on Social Security.

  • Varecia on September 20, 2012 8:19 PM:

    This is VERY satisfying, since those of us volunteering have been working hard at canvassing, phone banking and voter registration since April. I knew something was up when the Romney office that was supposed to open in my area a few weeks ago never took down its 'FOR RENT' sign from the empty window. Volunteering DOES make a difference! Please volunteer--even a couple hours can make a difference.

    Romney campaign essentially giving up in New Mexico:


  • Joe Friday on September 20, 2012 8:26 PM:

    The latest battleground polling of likely voters from NBC/WSJ/MARIST:


    50% - OBAMA
    42% - ROMNEY


    50% - OBAMA
    45% - ROMNEY

    And Romney's unfavorable ratings higher than his favorable ratings in both states.

  • cwolf on September 20, 2012 8:54 PM:

    Romney, Yesterday, on UnivisionNow:

    Now, for those that are already here and that are undocumented, that were brought here by their parents and therefore are illegal aliens in this country, my view is that we should put in a place a permanent solution.

    What can one say???

  • Shane Taylor on September 21, 2012 8:59 AM:

    Speaking of Occupy, why hasn't the conservative noise machine picked up this video?


    It was made for them...