Political Animal


October 01, 2012 5:49 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Good to get to the end of another spin-dominated, low-actual-news day, and closer not only to the first debate, but to next weekend’s pivotal Georgia-South Carolina game.

Here are some late political items:

* Ezra Klein trashes GOP hopes that Romney “zingers” during debates will make a big difference—absent new policies.

* Federal judge in Missouri—a Bush 41 appointee—rejects First Amendment challenge to contraception coverage mandate.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket offers initial preview of first presidential debate.

* At College Giude, Max Eherenfreund examines opposition to NYU’s expansion plans.

* Latest CNN/ORC poll shows Obama up 50-47 among LVs, reinforcing “tightening race” story (Obama up 52-46 in early September poll).

And in non-political news:

* “Parenthood” draws attention to question of when old folks need to stop driving.

Well, I’m old enough that I’m a bit sensitive on that issue, and for solace I offer The Band’s fine take on retirement, “Rocking Chair,” featuring Richard Manuel, performed in Toronto in 1970 .


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.


  • Joe Friday on October 01, 2012 7:14 PM:

    "Latest CNN/ORC poll shows Obama up 50-47 among LVs, reinforcing 'tightening race' story"

    First, of course that's all within the MOE, so it's not clear there's a "tightening race", although that certainly is the MSM meme.

    Second, and far more importantly, the national polls don't mean much at this point. If Romney can't win Ohio (and the polling there has widened), then he will have a very long, tough, and steep row to hoe.

  • Marvin on October 01, 2012 8:16 PM:

    I love your blog, but really dude, you're killing me with the endless parade of Bigfoot-lookin '70s rock stars.

  • Kris on October 01, 2012 8:27 PM:

    Individual polls can be outliers, and Nate Silver doesn't see the race tightening. If anything, the race hace been fairly steadily tilting in Obama's direction since the DNC, even though the bounce should have subsided by now.

  • CATMAN on October 01, 2012 9:36 PM:

    You also might check out Little Feat's "Old Folks Boogie"

  • Area Man on October 02, 2012 2:24 AM:

    As a Clemson fan, Georgia-South Carolina is kind of like Alien vs. Predator. If only there was a way for both to lose without endangering all of humanity.

  • Rick on October 02, 2012 8:22 AM:

    I grew up with this song, but never saw this version. It was beautiful. Thanks.

  • stormskies on October 02, 2012 9:27 AM:

    The 'tightening race" story is just that: a story made up by the corporate media. Yesterday ABC/Washington Post not only reflected this make believe bullshit but it's own numbers were so wrong. For example, most of us know that around 80 percent of American want to keep medicare exactly as it is now. Yet is their make believe poll they actually asserted that Obama only leads buffoon Romney by three points on who is best to deal with Medicare.

    Obama wants to keep it as it is, and make it more efficient, and the buffoon wants to turn it into voucher system.

    This is what the corporate media does all the time. Lies and deceptions in order to serve the corporate interests, and the bottom line: profits.