Political Animal


September 24, 2012 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

As noted earlier, I’m deliberately off to slow start today because we wanted to make sure everyone knew about the new ebook, which isn’t just political history but a reminder that this election is really a “referendum” on Bush policies as well as Obama’s. But it’s been a slow news day so far in any event. Here are some mid-day nuggets I’ve managed to dig out of the back of the fridge:

* Don’t know how many times you’ve read that Mitt’s unveiling a “new message,” but today’s installment is really odd: it’s all about China! Really? That’s your game-changer?

* At Monkey Cage, John Sides amplifies Edsall’s myth-busting piece on non-monolithic nature of white working-class vote.

* Nate Silver publishes ultimate data dump on comparisons of the current state of the presidential race with those in past years. You should read it all.

* Paul Ryan says: “[T]hat’s just the nature of conservative punditry is to do that - to kind of complain - about any imperfection they might see.” Annoy the media: run a bad campaign.

* Game Change surprise big winner at Emmys. Shout-outs to Mark Halperin not helpful to his and other Beltway pundits’ modesty.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Homeland other big surprise Emmy winner. It’s said to be Barack Obama’s favorite show, along with the other, predictable hardware-winner, Modern Family.

Back after some life maintenance.

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.


  • meady on September 24, 2012 2:58 PM:

    It's not a surprise that "Homeland" won the emmy's. It's a great show, much better than I personally expected. I don't have Showtime, but it is so good that I am considering getting it.

  • Mitch on September 24, 2012 3:06 PM:

    "... itís all about China!"

    Oh, please please please, Romney, please keep going in that direction! It'll just give everyone a chance to think about how much money he has made over the decades investing in, and sending jobs to, China.

    Sweet Christmas, I'm amazed that Romney can even walk anymore, as many times as he's shot himself in the foot.