Political Animal


September 07, 2012 2:12 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Very happy to be getting to the end of the two Convention Weeks. Blogging (even with long break) from 8:00 AM EDT to after midnight not good for the body, mind or soul. But at least there’s news, if often redundant news. Here are some midday items:

* Gallup tracking poll shows Obama job approval up to 52%, highest since bump after killing of Osama bin Laden. Obama also opens small 48/45 horse-race lead.

* I only mention this because conservatives have made such a big deal out of their alleged Twitter domination: Obama’s acceptance speech generated largest political surge in tweeting ever.

* Romney campaign launches 15 new ads in 8 states. None are on welfare, I’m glad to see.

* Todd Akin ad buy canceled because station not paid, but Akin says check’s in the mail.

* In case anyone was wondering: yeah, Clint Eastwood really was just winging it out there in Tampa.

And in non-political news:

* Long-time NFL owner Art Modell, praised by his peers and still reviled in Cleveland, dies at 87.

Back in just a few.

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.


  • Peter C on September 07, 2012 3:01 PM:

    I grew up in Cleveland, so I have definite ideas where Modell is now. You don't take away a team as beloved as the Browns and make any friends in Cleveland (the SCUM!).

  • fry1laurie on September 07, 2012 3:33 PM:

    Are you sure the Rethuglicans don't have a "twit" domination? Also, Art Modell, one less vote for Rmoney.

  • mudwall jackson on September 07, 2012 3:35 PM:

    @Peter C

    i grew up in pittsburgh as a steelers fan and learned to dislike intensely the browns at an early age. but when it comes to modell and what he did to cleveland, we're in agreement 100 percent.

  • bluestatedon on September 07, 2012 5:27 PM:

    Maybe it's because I do virtually no twittering nor do I follow any twitwits, but I think all the hoo-ha about which candidate or speaker generates the most tweets is completely ridiculous and could not be more irrelevant. It's like crowing about how many up-votes you get in the commenting section of a blog.

  • Doug on September 07, 2012 6:43 PM:

    I suppose one COULD look at the "twitter wars" as a form of electronic cheering. And I do know that there were quite a few good zingers posted on DKOS during both conventions.
    It seems to me that, while Democrats poke fun at the incongruities of what was said or done, Republicans use twitter as an extension of their ids. That's NOT a good idea!