Political Animal


September 14, 2012 1:50 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Mixed bag of “Middle Eastern turbulence” and campaign news today. Here’s a sampler tray:

* New York Times blog on protests stresses their opportunistic nature; grievances range over many issues, some unrelated to U.S.

* As Brother Benen reports, House passes temporary funding measure to avoid pre-election controversy, despite earlier conservative thundering about new cuts.

* Despite fiery anti-Obama speech, Paul Ryan displeases Values Voter Summit co-sponsor Bryan Fischer of American Family Association by failing to mention same-sex marriage. Fischer also repeats “win or die” threats to GOP.

* In her own VVS speech, Michele Bachmann suggests Obama has tried to outlaw “understanding who the enemy is” in apparent gesture of solidarity with anti-Muslim bigots.

* In interview, Mitt Romney condemns Innocence of Muslims, apparently exhibiting sympathy for America’s enemies. This is getting confusing.

And in non-political news:

* Home Depot closes big-box stores in China as spox says Chinese a “do-it-for me market, not a do-it-yourself market.” Clearly, HD doesn’t think customer always right.

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.


  • lmhk on September 14, 2012 2:07 PM:

    In interview, Mitt Romney condemns Innocence of Muslims, apparently exhibiting sympathy for America’s enemies. This is getting confusing.

    But, but...what about standing up for American values?

  • schtick on September 14, 2012 2:28 PM:

    The tealiban don't DARE make a big deal over spending right now. That they wanted to weasel out of the deal they made to begin with and then shining a bright light on their begin stupid about it AGAIN wouldn't give them any boost in popularity.

  • LaFollette Progressive on September 14, 2012 2:31 PM:

    That may be an all-time record for fastest opportunistic position switch by Mitt. We're watching a true master of the art in his prime.

  • Mitt's plundering comes back to haunt him on September 14, 2012 2:53 PM:

    Look—trickle down is trickling down on the Mittster—China, annoyed, says Mitt’s rich because of them.


  • emjayay on September 14, 2012 2:54 PM:

    Home Depot is a visciously anti-union company that pays and treats its employees like WalMart, while continually propagandizing them about how great Home Depot is. They keep 70% of their employees part-time, on arbitrary times and days, for the usual reasons.

    I don't know about Leow's. Do not shop at Home Depot if you can avoid it.

  • SadOldVet on September 14, 2012 3:04 PM:

    I have been watching the ceremonies at Andrews for the returning remains of the four state department employees killed in Libya.

    I have seen too damn much in my lifetime and very seldom get moved emotionally. I was very touched the ceremonies.

    Brought out memories of how Little George dishonored the fallen troops by keeping their bodies hidden from public view.

  • sick-n-effin-tired on September 14, 2012 3:27 PM:

    "Fischer also repeats “win or die” threats to GOP. "
    Its always good news when you can't even get a compromise within the bounds of your own party .
    Absolute ideological rigidity.
    They would do the old Politburo proud

  • T2 on September 14, 2012 3:51 PM:

    Mitt Romney says people making a quarter-million a year are "middle class". I wonder how many Americans would agree with that? Maybe someone should do a poll?

  • KTinOhio on September 14, 2012 3:51 PM:

    "HD doesn't think customer always right."

    Was this an intentional Asian stereotype? Come on, man. You know better.

  • worthalook on September 14, 2012 4:50 PM:

    Worth re-posting:


    from thestonezone--
    Roger Stone, political consultant who left the GOP due to their far-right social issues, instead joining the Libertarian Party...has said....
    "...Mitt Romney has no core. Paul Ryan talks a big game but is a product of the establishment."

    On August 17, Stone blogged that the Koch Brothers had handpicked Ryan. "The selection was cemented at the July 22nd fundraiser Koch held for Romney at the former's sumptuous Hamptons estate," Stone wrote. "Koch pledged $100 million more to C-4 and Super PAC efforts for Romney for Ryan's selection."
    Ryan's voting record to Stone indicated he was someone who would help businessmen like the Kochs rather than stick to his small-government principles.

    Stone--"The idea of Paul Ryan as a libertarian is a joke. Ryan is a big government, Washington DC Republican who votes to fund foreign interventionism and the erosion of our civil liberties. Ryan began his political career as an acolyte of one of my heroes, Rep. Jack Kemp. Yet Ryan has wandered far from Kemp's genuine concern about the poor and disadvantaged. Ryan has become more of a faux deficit hawk and less of a pro-growth proponent."