Political Animal


September 10, 2012 1:25 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m still working on leftover tailgate food from Saturday evening (UGA 41, Mizzou 20, though the game was much closer than that), and somehow wonder why my pre-holiday diets never seem to pare the waistline.

In any event, here are some news treats:

* First academic study of post-DADT military shows no negative consequences whatsoever.

* The show that never ends: Allen West claims Obama deliberately chose Soviet campaign slogan. Can’t wait for day Mitt campaigns with the crazy dude.

* Krugman reminds everyone that Obama proposed an American Jobs Act, and congressional Republicans killed it pronto.

* Romney claims Obama backing striking teachers in Chicago. Trying to divide “Chicago?”

* Yglesias reports that Mitt has also come out against steps by Fed to boost economy. Should have gotten much more attention than it has.

And in non-political news:

* Box offices register what may turn out to be worst weekend in movie revenues since right after 9/11.

Back after a couple of 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.


  • Gandalf on September 10, 2012 2:19 PM:

    There's a solid reason why the movie revenues are down. The movies taht are out now just plain suck.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on September 10, 2012 4:07 PM:

    I'll second Gandalf on the movies, and also add how monstrously expensive movie tickets are, what with the 3D, IMAX, HD, and NO-damn-reason-at-all-other-than-we-can surchages... Hell, I only go to the movies at 10:30 in the AM with the old folks and tiny tots. Otherwise, I wait for the $1.27 RedBox rentals.

  • MrToad on September 10, 2012 8:13 PM:

    Re: the ill-fated American Jobs Act, I simply can't understand why every Democratic congressional candidate isn't talking about this non-stop. If President Obama tries to refresh people's memories, he's accused of being a whiner. But candidates for the House and Senate could and should be holding their GOP opponent's feet to the fire at least twenty times a day. Sure, the economy is slowly and painfully recovering, but just think where we'd be if Republicans were even half as interested in their country's well-being as they are in defeating the president. I say, sock it to 'em!