Political Animal


September 27, 2012 5:59 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

A day of political jockeying and spinning, for the most part, which is why I focused to a considerable extent on strategic issues affecting the election.

But here are a few news leftovers:

* Bibi’s crude graphics on Iranian nuclear threat at U.N. inspires mockery from pundits, but lights up Twitter.

* Todd Akin continues efforts to maximize Missouri gender gap by suggesting Claire McCaskill not “ladylike.”

* Religion Dispatch’s Sarah Posner notes GOP efforts (with ecclesiastical help) to “wedge” Catholics in their column seem to have failed.

* At Ten Miles Square, Michael Kinsley compares Mitt Romney’s campaign to Mike Dukakis’.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer shows that student loan debt is a particular disaster for poorer families.

And in non-political news:

* Curiosity Rover finds “definitive proof” that water once existed on Mars.

Back tomorrow to end the week and start getting read for the presidential debates.


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.


  • c u n d gulag on September 27, 2012 6:23 PM:

    Where did Bibi get that bomb diagram?

    Mad Magazine's Spy vs. Spy?

    Or, did he find it in Wile E. Coyote's Acme box, after he blew himself to Kingdom Come?

  • Kathryn on September 27, 2012 6:41 PM:

    Only saw a quick view of his visual aid, but my immedediate thought was of Colin Powell's presentation before the Iraq debacle, shudder!

  • JR on September 27, 2012 6:53 PM:

    As for the GOP's failed effort with the RC - four words: Nuns on the Bus

  • jpeckjr on September 27, 2012 6:57 PM:

    Like Kinsley, I had thought several times about the Dukakis campaign. I was a guest at the 1988 Dem National Conv in Atlanta, on the floor during Bill Clinton's famously long, long nominating speech and the roll call of the states. I left excited about Michael Dukakis, but the excitement faded within a few weeks. Still voted for him. A most memorable night for me, though.

    The 47% speech is Romney's riding-in-the-tank moment.

  • Hue and Cry on September 27, 2012 7:14 PM:

    Nothing like hearing "not ladylike" to reinforce Akin's, Ryan's and Romney's antiquated, out-of-date, obsolete notions of the female person-- and to yet further annoy female voters.
    Lack of empathy in addition to paternalistic ridiculousness offers self-possessed women cause and determination.

    Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha--George W. Bush is giving a speech at the Cayman Islands 'financial tendencies group' five days before the election....almost a slap upside the Mitt R0-Money head.
    ... Not a gaffe...just a fact...

    And, quite humorously, it is said that the core group of Romney staff surrounding and controlling surrogate Paul Ryan refer to him as "Gilligan." That's funny stuff.

    And Steve Ratner, expert in the auto manufacturing endeavor with the president, was on Andra Mitchell's program proving with charts and expertise that the economy is improved.

    Good day for Democrats.

  • Ronald on September 27, 2012 8:30 PM:

    @H&C- Its even worse- W is the keynote speaker, all the other presenters and all are on how to invest your money in the Cayman Islands. None of what I read said anything crude like "Hide Your Taxes Here", but it was pretty damned obvious. Go look: http://www.caymanai.com/

    @all- I was reading over Nate Silver's 538 blog, and noted something on his poll tracking chart.
    President Obama's numbers were dropping steadily through September (likely a deflating convention bounce).
    Since, well, September 18th, his numbers have been going consistently upwards.
    Why the 18th? It was the day after Romney's 47% comment hit the media.
    From appearances, it is looking like the gaffe that will be credited with tanking Mr. Romney's chances at the presidency.

  • Joe Friday on September 27, 2012 9:54 PM:

    "Bibi's crude graphics on Iranian nuclear threat at U.N. inspires mockery from pundits"

    I thought I was watching Rocky & Bullwinkle versus Boris & Natasha.

    Bibi is as Mad as a Hatter.

  • Hue and Cry on September 27, 2012 9:59 PM:

    Indeed--Ronald, I agree. The Romney 47% announcement feels representative of big-time doom--and it's almost breathtakingly wide-spread~~~~seems a lot of people were listening, and are annoyed by it.

    As if Romney's doomed fate includes him being naive in not realizing anyone there could record his remarks.

    He doesn't seem very bright for these times. Even picking the ultimate self-promoter Paul Ryan ends up being a noticeable error as Romney has to grab the microphone to yell hey--it's Romney/Ryan-- a hundred times-- to minimize the encroachment of the Wisconsin narcissist!
    But it miminizes Romney and makes him ridiculous!!

    Romney is on the continual downslide....and here we have the symposiuim at the Cayman Islands with the previously hidden George Bush in a hide-your-wealth coming-out party.
    Like an October Surprise.
    It borders on the hilarious.

  • mb on September 27, 2012 11:26 PM:

    Seems like the good news on Catholic voters should bode well for some of the down ballot contests.

    Hello, Speaker Pelosi?