Political Animal


September 19, 2012 1:15 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Since I’m mooching (sorry, Mitt!) my wife’s computer and need to let her do a little work, I’m taking a somewhat extended mid-day break today. Here’s some snacks to tide you over:

* New Q-Pac polls of LVs show Obama hitting 50% in VA and WI, and edging back ahead of Romney in CO.

* 98% of Chicago teachers union members vote to “suspend” strike pending vote on proposed new contract. Probably indicates approval of contract, too.

* Orszag argues that it’s Ryan’s Medicare proposal, not Obama’s “cuts,” that threaten provider participation in Medicare.

* Good catch by MoJo’s Adam Serwer, who noticed that Sheldon Adelson’s Israeli paper buried story of Mitt’s Boca Moment on page 23 as other media outlets in the country put it on front page.

* France closes 20 embassies across Greater Middle East after French weekly publishes cartoon showing Prophet Muhammad naked.

* Chick-fil-A reportedly backing off on donations to anti-LGBT groups. If so, this is really going to upset their fast friends in the Christian Right. Will they boycott now?

And in non-political news:

* 2013 Oscar nominations to be announced on January 10, competing for attention with Golden Globes; actual Oscars awarded on February 24.

Back in a while.

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.


  • ComradeAnon on September 19, 2012 2:25 PM:

    Nothing on the Chick-Fil-A website press area on this. The article just says that TCRA says they won't.

  • pasco on September 19, 2012 2:27 PM:

    Maybe if Muhammed images/negative stories were common, there would be less of this unjustified over the top reponse by fanatics.

  • T2 on September 19, 2012 3:01 PM:

    I know we are not supposed to watch the polls, but some new ones today suggest Obama may be leaving Mitt in the dust. It's getting harder to see how any debate performance by Obama could open the door big enough for Romney. It is pretty simple....the more people get to know Romney, the less they like him...The more they understand his positions...the less they like him, the more he's caught lying...the less they like him. So we'll put him onstage in front of the television cameras for 2 hours, across from Obama, and let him go through his vague policy and robot-like movements. sure, that will help. And then do it again the next week.

  • FriscoSF on September 19, 2012 3:05 PM:

    pasco on September 19, 2012 2:27 PM:

    Maybe if Muhammed images/negative stories were common, there would be less of this unjustified over the top reponse by fanatics.

    And maybe if kiddie porn were more prevalent there wouldn't be such a fanatical response to that

    Why don't you get the ball rolling ??

  • realist on September 19, 2012 5:04 PM:

    I think we have to walk out of the Middle East.
    For good.
    Most of our oil comes from Saudia Arabia, the least of it from Iran.

    The legacy of U.S. involvement in the Middle East is Dick Cheney's failed experiment.
    The only winners of this terrible endeavor seem to be his company, Halliburton.

  • Pea on September 19, 2012 5:05 PM:

    Listened to half the Romney tape and thought half the questioners didn't,t sound like American English was their native language. Made me wonder who was at this fundraiser, as in Israel. of course the still could be citizens, but is it legal for him to take their $ if they aren't,t?

  • Daniel Kemperer on September 20, 2012 12:01 AM:

    The Chick-Fil-A reversal (if it's indeed true) won't get much press, but it points out what was so bad about their doubling down on their support for homophobia from a business perspective.

    The stalwarts of the Christian fundamentalist movement can do boycotts, often very well. They've shown this time and again.

    But they cannot be expected to sustain and grow a business with their own pocketbooks. It's just too much to expect that these folks will all of a sudden start going to Chick-Fil-A over and over again, to keep the company afloat.

    And this turnabout shows that their much-ballyhooed effort (which began on August 1st with Mike Huckabee's Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day) was declared a failure just seven weeks in.

    As for Chick-Fil-A, they've really stepped in it this year. They've almost certainly permanently hurt their image among large swathes of their everyday customers with their support for homophobia, and now with this reversal, they're bound to lose the support of the die-hard homophobes as well.

    I look for them to be sold to completely different ownership within 1-2 years, or out of business in 5 if they don't make radical changes at the top.