Political Animal


September 05, 2012 1:34 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

No matter what I wind up eating today, I’m sure it will surpass in quality and quantity what would probably have been available if I’d done my usual Convention gig. One year I ran an errand to one of the rehearsal rooms, where a colleague begged me to find a way to sneak food in. The rehearsal staff had been reduced to swiping snacks off a cart brought in for Hillary Clinton’s refreshment whenever her back was turned.

So here’s what’s on the midday food cart:

* Two scheduling notes for POTUS: Tomorrow Obama will hold conference call open to people who held tickets for the scheduled and now relocated stadium speech. Friday he and his wife will go back to Iowa, where they’ve spent a lot of time lately.

* Ryan piles onto stupid “Democrats purge God from platform” attacks. Good thing he’s such a substantive truth-teller, eh?

* Haim Saban defends Obama’s record of friendship w/ Israel in New York Times op-ed.

* At WaPo Plum Line, Jamelle Bouie notes folly of Romney campaign’s efforts to coopt Clinton’s record and image, which will be very apparent tonight, I trust.

* At TNR, former Clinton speechwriter Michael Waldman previews Big Dog’s speech.

* Shooter kills one, wounds another during victory rally for Parti Quebecois.

And in quasi-non-political news:

* Predictions for August jobs report coming in at lukewarm 120,000.

Back to blogging after some 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.


  • Scott C. on September 05, 2012 2:33 PM:

    What's interesting about the "lukewarm" expectation of 120,000 jobs created in August is that this is exactly the lukewarm job growth promised by Mitt Romney in a Romney administration. The only specific thing he said in Tampa was to promise 12 million jobs in a Romney administration. Press him, and I am sure he will say that projection is for two terms, so do the math. Eight years = 96 months/12 million = 125,000 jobs per month. Given that 120,000 jobs in August (if that is the number that comes out this week) is actually lower than has been typical the past 2 1/2 years, Romney is actually promising slower job growth than Obama has delivered.

  • Peter Principle on September 05, 2012 4:25 PM:

    "Ryan piles onto stupid 'Democrats purge God from platform' attacks. Good thing he’s such a substantive truth-teller, eh"?

    Looks like Paul's cashing in his reputation to make the down payment on his chance to be president some day.

    Either that, or Karl Rove is holding his kids hostage.

    Maybe both.

  • TCinLA on September 05, 2012 5:36 PM:

    Haim Saban defends Obama’s record of friendship w/ Israel in New York Times op-ed.

    Given that when it comes to Israel, Haim Saban is about seven micromillimeters to the left of that crazy old Prostitution Profiteer from La Vegas currently funding Romney, this definitely proof that Obama hasn't "abandoned Israel." One hopes he has abandoned Nitwityahoo.

    Hey Glastris: took me TWELVE TRIES to get a Craptcha that worked. Will you be getting this place fixed soon, or is that like the promise to close Gitmo?

  • anonymous on September 05, 2012 9:35 PM:

    Saw Fox News Friends of the morning (ha ha) tell Lyin'Ryan that people think he lies a lot....
    Imagine That. I was stunned that was what was said to him. He looked blankly uninteresting. I hear he's done, caput, finished, ruined. And some are upset that Romney put him in that position.
    He probably isn't better than he was four years ago...
    ha ha ha

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