Political Animal


September 21, 2012 6:29 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

One scattered but interesting week, to be followed by, well, who knows? I hope to begin writing a bit more about non-presidential political contests as polling and other information becomes more readily available.

For now, here are some final news items before I prepare for a visit by my father, step-mother and brother tomorrow:

* Early, in-person voting began today in Virginia, South Dakota and Idaho, with ten other states beginning to accept absentee ballots. So from here on out, polls won’t be entirely hypothetical.

* Gerson column a lot more serious “friendly” critique of Romney and GOP than Noonan’s: he blasts “libertarian nonsense” on poor that Republicans have adopted.

* Ryan fans fret Romney campaign has reduced him to “mini-Mitt.” Did they expect Mitt to become “maxi-Paul?”

* At Ten Miles Square, Larry Bartels discusses research showing undecideds beginning to break to Obama.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes real college graduation rates—including part-time as well as “traditional” students—a lot lower than we realize.

And in non-political news:

* Host Jimmy Kimmel promises “genuinely weird stuff” at Sunday’s Emmy Awards.

That’s all from me, folks! Tomorrow Kathleen Geier returns for Weekend Blogging, so you can expect her usual outside-the-box perspective.

I hope to have my family members picked up at SFO and back home in time for the Georgia/Vanderbilt kickoff.

Here’s a video that includes a brief clip of James Brown performing at Sanford Stadium way back in the day; I was actually there. Sigh.


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.


  • Joe Friday on September 21, 2012 7:13 PM:

    Ann Romney, responding to a radio interviewer who asked what she would say to her fellow Republicans that are complaining about her husband:

    "Stop it ! This is hard. You want to try it ? Get in the ring. This is hard."

    Reminds me of Chimpy Bush complaining that "governing is HARD".

    These one percenters are such wimpy whiners.

  • bluestatedon on September 21, 2012 8:54 PM:

    Ed, it's my fervent hope that before I kick the bucket the University of Michigan (my alma mater) and Georgia play a home-and-away series. I'd love to see the Wolverines between the hedges, and we'd welcome all you Bulldogs up to Ann Arbor and the Big House.

  • Hue and Cry on September 21, 2012 9:26 PM:

    Noonan's a hoot these days.
    Ann Romney sounds conclusively aristocratic.
    Republicans scoot out of town, avoiding comments on the Mitt.
    Then Mitt comes out on the surreptitious tape, saying that "95% of life is set up for you" which, again, totally makes b.s. of his sillinesss with the long boring routine he's had of "we built that."
    .....I think George Romeny "built that."
    And laughable Mitt's slithering with his 20 year period summary of tax returns-- AS IF --we'd even believe him not hiding gargantuan sums, or dubious self-serving maneuvers.
    And it boggles the brain that Mitt R/money and his rich buds were so disdainful, snobbish and, shall we say-- lordly --about the people whose livelihoods they destroyed through companies such as Bain. Through anti-worker policies. Through the trickle down lie. Through not supporting the U.S. with their tax contributions.

    Worthy of great scorn, these Republicans.

    Ha ha--Hue and Cry: origin is the outcry calling to helpp pursue a felon, traced way back to the year 1066, French and English.

  • Neil B on September 21, 2012 10:48 PM:

    Interesting enough: for all his griping about the lazy people who don't pay taxes, Romney paid a lower rate (even after deliberately fudging the result by not claiming all charitable deductions) than the "victimization queen" President Obama! Isn't that ironic ...

    And despite his latest release (2011 taxes in which R-money deliberately didn't take full deductions just so he could pretend to pay a higher rate), the man is still a Mittstery ...

    "Fine minds make fine distinctions."

  • pea on September 21, 2012 11:20 PM:

    Romney seems king of the do-over. He retroactively revises where he lived, where he paid taxes, how much of a tax deduction he took for charitable contributions. Maybe he will revise who actually ran and lost against Obama in '12 so he will not be inconvenienced by any embarrassment in future.

    And as for the tax summary -- it must not include what he's got in the Caymans -- and unless I am misremembering he gave twice as much to his church as to the US in taxes. Call me an atheist but that strikes me as wrong.

  • Hue and Cry on September 21, 2012 11:42 PM:

    Lying Mitt and Lyin' Ryan.

    Regardless of the tax returns, the pair have scared the sh** out of seniors on Medicare.
    Mitt didn't figure that voters would be actually *listening*...

    Voters are also bothered by the intransigent Republi-con congress...left town in a rush.

    Here's two great lines on the web tonight:

    "....Imagine not only the congress person, but all their staff, telephones/fax machines/pagers/cell phones/ websites/postage. I can keep going but you see what it cost and I didn't mention their housing cost/cars/limmo drivers. I give up, I don't even what to know what each one of these people cost us hard working Americans come to...."

    "So these guys take August off. Come back the week after Labor Day, hang around for two weeks, and then take another 6 to 7 weeks off...."

  • mr.peabody on September 22, 2012 10:20 AM:

    Hey Ed, I share your love of college football, but I'm a Crimson Tide man. The video brings back old memories. Seeing Erk Russell in the background reminds me that UGA should have promoted him to Head Coach when Dooley retired. He was a great defensive coach and was responsible for that "Junkyard Dawg" defense.

  • PA Grl on September 22, 2012 8:44 PM:

    Today I went to the University of Pittsburgh football game-- playing a team known as Gardener Webb-- a name new to me,--beautiful day, nice breeze, happy smiling people all over the place in a great city.
    Parked downtown, took the subway, lots of fun, bright sun.
    Glad to be home in more comfortable seats....