Political Animal


October 02, 2012 5:26 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Five weeks until Election Day. Sounds like an eternity now, but time will fly when we are not having fun. Here are some news remainders from a relatively slow day:

* Early voting begins in Ohio, despite continued doubts about whether state GOP officials can be forced by the courts to let it continue until November 6.

* Joshua Tucker explains the Georgian election results at The Monkey Cage.

* Ari Berman supplies the good news about judicial actions to block voter suppression efforts around the country.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides provides dramatic evidence that post-debate news coverage has a bigger impact on public perceptions than debates themselves.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer evaluates Arne Duncan’s imprecise promise to do something about college tuition increases if Obama is re-elected.

And in non-political news:

* CNN profiles luxury religious retreats. Jesus wept.

Back tomorrow for more political hijinks, and live-blogging of the presidential debate.


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.


  • cwolf on October 02, 2012 5:51 PM:

    Remember the other day when CA Gov Jerry Brown screwed farmworkers?
    Well he's at it again -
    only this time he screwed everybody except the cops:

    California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required the state’s authorities to get a probable-cause warrant signed by a judge to obtain location information from electronic devices such as tablets, mobile phones and laptops.

  • MuddyLee on October 02, 2012 6:18 PM:

    Jesus wept - John 11:35 - for those who would like to quote this to conservatives, materialists, randian catholics like lyin ryan, et al.

  • cwolf on October 02, 2012 7:44 PM:

    I'd like to see a Venna Diagram of Ryan's 30% and Romney's 47%

    "Seventy percent of Americans want the American dream. They believe in the American idea. Only 30 percent want their welfare state," Ryan said. "Before too long, we could become a society where the net majority of Americans are takers, not makers."

  • GGordonL on October 02, 2012 8:57 PM:

    CNN profiles luxury religious retreats. Jesus wept.

    Give me a break! If Christians want to keep these sanctified locations Caesar free, then they can use their tax free status and spend the money to keep them in the fold. If they decide to pass them out of the holy of holies, then what right do they have to pass judgement on how the properties are used? I'm not a big fan of people making money on Jesus tourism, but I think it's been going on for about 2000 years.

  • Hue an Cry on October 02, 2012 9:47 PM:

    I feel I've been inundated with monotonous and slightly hypnotic pre-debate cable television hyperbole.
    Prodded, justled and nudged...

    I suspect President Obama will be his calm, composed, self-possessed and poised self, and Mr. R-Money will be his usual phony, dishonest, deceitful, ridiculous self.
    He'll be a hybrid of his many selves, neither one nor the other, and both simultaneously. Illusory/misleading.

    Early voting in Ohio is favoring the president!!!!