Political Animal


September 25, 2012 1:16 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’ve got family visiting, and Ryan is helping me get through the blogging day. But here are some lite bites for your mid-day reading:

* MoJo’s Andy Kroll catches Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition doing a mailer that pushes associations of Obama with all sorts of totalitarian threats of the past.

* The Great Explainer, Bill Clinton, does a good job of showing how and why Mitt Romney’s tax plan will inevitably lead to higher middle class taxes.

* Politico’s Alexander Burns discusses a batch of recent polls showing Obama opening up a serious lead in Ohio, which could represent an existential threat to Romney’s prospects.

* Scott Brown staffers, getting a bit carried away with attacks on Elizabeth Warren for her claims of native American heritage, caught on video doing war chants and tomahawk chops.

* Here is prepared text of Obama’s address to the United Nations. Equation of Holocaust denial with insults to Prophet stood out for me.

And in non-political news:

* Replacement refs strike again on Monday Night Football.

Back in a short 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.


  • Quaker in a Basement on September 25, 2012 1:37 PM:

    Scott Brown staffers...caught on video doing war chants and tomahawk chops.

    Holy cats, people, it's 2012! You oughta know by now that there are cameras everydangwhere.

  • schtick on September 25, 2012 2:15 PM:

    One thing Brown has on his side, teapub voters are known for stupid. Otherwise, Brown wouldn't be there with his lies of secret meetings with kings and queens and Warren's heritage. Brown trying to call out Warren as a liar is like pot meet kettle.

  • Dave Wales on September 25, 2012 4:18 PM:

    It is an old Massachusetts tradition to dress up as natives before acts of terrorism against the duly constituted civil and corporate authorities trying to strangle our freedoms with unrepresented regulation and taxation.

    So, not tomahawk chops, rather breaking open casks of tea.

  • wihntr on September 25, 2012 4:30 PM:

    The nonsense in Massachusetts is bad, but what still has my blood boiling is last night's game. Now I find out this morning that one of knuckleheads presiding over that debalce was kicked out the Laungerie League for incompetence! Why oh why can't management recognize that skilled workers have skills and can't be replaced with just any Joe Blow off the street?

  • Patrick Star on September 25, 2012 5:02 PM:

    Everybody knew it was only a matter of time before the replacement refs would blow an important game. Why did my Packers have to be on the receiving end?!

    And yes, this labor dispute is a microcosm of the larger war between labor and coddled, entitled assholes like Roger Goodell, president of the Billionaire Boys Club. I wonder what the outcome of this latest kerfuffle would have been if Jerry Jones's Cowboys or Daniel Snyder's Redskins were the team getting screwed? But since the Packers are publicly owned, by a bunch of plebes from Wisconsin, no biggie!