Political Animal


September 18, 2012 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

In response to those who have kindly inquired, I’m feeling much better today. But my laptop is still dead, so I may struggle a bit until I get back to California on Thursday night.
I’m mainly angry that I wasn’t all over the “Boca Moment” video the second David Corn put it out. But Lord knows it’s not going to be a one-day story, and as always, there’s more to chew over:

* Pennsylvania Supreme Court remands decision upholding the state’s Voter ID law back to lower court for some additional fact-finding. Unclear what that means ultimately, but we’ll know soon.

* Some essential background reading from National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru on the whole “47%” myth.

* Chicago teachers union delegates meeting this afternoon to decide whether to halt strike during ratification vote by full membership of proposed new contract.

* Fun tick-tock account of Romney campaign scramble to deal with “Boca Moment” video.

* Egyptian prosecutors initiate criminal proceedings under Egyptian law against Egyptian citizens living in U.S. who were allegedly involved in Innocence of Muslims.

And in non-political news:

* Breaking Bad copy cat? Texas middle-school chemistry teacher busted for cooking meth in parking lot of own school.

Back after a real lunch break.

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.


  • mudwall jackson on September 18, 2012 2:16 PM:

    boca raton - mouth of the rat! maybe palm beach county redeems itself for 2000.

  • T2 on September 18, 2012 2:30 PM:

    how funny it is to hear Conservative pundits desperately trying to excuse Romney's 47% remarks by doing a "both sides do it" with Obama's "guns" remark four years ago. Apples and Oranges, but they have to say something, right? Lost in the hub-bub is the fact that even the 47% figure is a lie. The guy can't tell the truth at all.

  • Sisyphus on September 18, 2012 2:33 PM:

    From the National Review piece on the 47% myth:
    "The story also relies on implausible psychological assumptions. It assumes that people who pay payroll taxes but not income taxes make a sharp distinction between the two. But what if they, or many of them, simply think that they have paid taxes?"

    If that's what they think, then they'll think that they are part of the "makers" group, and that those terrible crypto-muslim commies are part of the takers. This is the foundation of the GOP tax policy message.

  • MuddyLee on September 18, 2012 4:39 PM:

    Re "Breaking Bad" chem teacher in Texas - give him a break. Yes, it was in the school parking lot that he was cooking meth, but the school parking lot was in the Republic of Texas, governed by Rick Perry. The normal laws do not apply, not even the laws of nature - it's Texas.