Political Animal


October 04, 2012 6:52 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Wrote this a while ago but wanted to let Paul’s post stay up top longer. Then like an idiot, unplugged the iMac (to move it) without saving! Time for a nap. But here’s the final items of the day:

* Bad news for post-election analysis: Media consortium cancels state-level exit polls in 19 non-competitive states. They’ll still contribute to national exits. Rising costs, some related to early voting, blamed as culprit.

* More detailed rundown on Romney/Obama exchanges on education policy in debate.

* Good Brentin Mock piece on Artur Davis’ role as validator for Tea Party-based voter suppresion efforts.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides predicts Romney post-debate poll bounce of about 1.25%.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that public universities’ pledge to boost graduation rates won’t matter if state fiscal support continues to decline.

And in non-political news:

* Facebook announces one billionth active user.

Back as promised for the September Jobs Report in the morning.


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.


  • Hue and Cry on October 04, 2012 8:09 PM:

    I persevered in a long list of comments on a sister blog and found this--should make you all feel better.

    This poll from the debate favors the president:



    Let's stay constructive. The Romney Camp probably anticipates we'll berate the president day after day for his performance and persist in some in-fighting among ourselves with self-defeating behaviors.

    Pundits at MSNBC should have listened more and chronicled Mitt's lies and spin--and had their staff do on the spot fact-checks than direct such ire at the president at the end of the debate. Something more constructive would have been nice from so-called progressive pundits...

    Would've been appreciated as well if those pundits called Mitt out for acting as if rules don't apply to him, and for being so sickeningly disrespectful to the moderator, the commander in chief, and to the viewers who endured his rudeness.

  • Bob M on October 04, 2012 8:22 PM:

    I have doubts about any Romney post-debate bounce. I hope people start to question Romney's attitude -- the patronizing lowered voice to let the dumb black guy know that he is not mad but disappointed in his work because it just doesn't measure up. I didn't like it. Reminds me of long ago on a visit to England when I saw a guy humiliated just by the accent of an upper class person. The language gambit is not common in North America, but it exists. Romney obviously pulls that kind of shit and I'm hoping that its odiousness penetrates the consciousness of the public.

  • Hue and Cry/sleep well on October 04, 2012 11:51 PM:

    best line on the web:

    "So I have retroactively decided not to say that," said multiple personality Mitt.
    "100% of the American people will support me no matter what because I have said, at one time or another, exactly what everyone in America wants to hear, and even if those statements are mutually exclusive, I stand behind what I said, whatever it was.
    I will cut spending, unless you like it. I will cut taxes on you and raise them on someone else by cutting their deductions and eliminating tax loopholes (but not yours).
    I will cut spending on Medicare and Social Security, but not for you, for you I will protect Medicare and Social Security forever which will not cost us anything.
    I promise everyone a free lunch tomorrow. Trust me."

  • Cranky Observer on October 05, 2012 7:04 AM:

    Any discussion about President Obama's plan to implement the brutal Simpson-Bowles-Peterson chops to Social Security and Medicare?


    protected agovise - 1st try

  • berttheclock on October 05, 2012 8:00 AM:

    It appears that, once again, only Krugman has his head on straight about that ridiculous Simpson-Bowles idea. He made an interesting observation that when Progressives thought they were on the ropes, they agreed to go along with S-B. However, Krugman thought should President Obama be re-elected, it would make S-B moot.