Political Animal


October 09, 2012 8:17 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Got up this morning expecting hordes of conservatives in the streets raising a primitive, bone-chilling war cry: the election is over because of the Pew Poll! The Pew Poll! Instead saw liberals running for the hills in terror! Panic! Panic! And I want to say, Get a grip, people!

So to capture the ridiculous atmosphere, here’s David Bowie performing “Panic in Detroit” in Tokyo in 1990:

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.


  • DougMN on October 09, 2012 8:46 AM:

    Whom is panicking? Name these liberals.

    I've seen a few too many "everyone calm down" posts on various sites to believe that anyone is panicking after one poll.

  • Perspecticus on October 09, 2012 9:05 AM:

    Sooooo, polls are legitimate again?

  • mbhuff on October 09, 2012 9:24 AM:

    Not just one poll. The PPP poll confirms the swing. I've thought for a long time that Obama's support was soft. I think the biggest group that the poor debate performance influenced was not independants, rather the democratic base. It wasn't just bad style, they see someone that doesn't want to stand up for what they believe. By not challenging Romney, he appearred to confirm the worst fears that we have seen over the last four years - that he is a technocrat consensus builder that won't fight for us.

  • Lifelong Dem on October 09, 2012 9:33 AM:


    Like Perspecticus wrote, I'm finding it so laughable that the people flat-out accusing pollsters of dishonesty a week ago are now touting these new poll numbers as TRUTH.

    I've said it for months and I'll say it again. This election will be decided on TURNOUT. If Democrats go vote, we win. Period.

  • DougMN on October 09, 2012 9:43 AM:

    I'm going to have to agree with mbhuff. The lack of fire in the belly has always caused me concern. There wasn't a lick of difference between Hillary and Barack but Hillary had seen the crazy up close and, at least, knew it was coming. Barack has too much of his self-identity tied up in being the most reasonable man in the room.

    Enough pyscho-babble BS. What do the cross-tabs say? People went from IDing as Dems to ID as Repubs. I don't know that disgruntled Dems would do that - mushy centrists might. Enthusiasm data seems to be even. Anyone look in any detail at the cross-tabs?

  • LAC on October 09, 2012 9:59 AM:

    Initially I thought mbhuff's post was the essence of the liberal panic (TEH POLLS!), but based on that last sentence, I think that the he is just another wanker spoutiing off the tired "Obama is a corporatist and why doesn't he get spittle mad like Bernie Sanders" meme. Don't you firedoglake folks ever get tired of being on sidelines going "that's not iiiiiit!"

    Maybe this is a male thing - why does a man have to bang his penis on desk while screaming to show leadership? Why is this endless handwringing on one debate come down to the fact that President Obama didn't sound like Charlie Sheen during his infamous "winning" rant?

    We are still ahead, we have a ground game, and if we continue to focus on getting out the vote, and less on Chris Matthews histronics and concern trolls, we will win.

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