Political Animal


October 10, 2012 5:41 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Just heard thunder, and wondered, What are those booming noises? Love the weather here!

Meanwhile, here are some final news items for this mid-week day:

* Another poll to throw into the mix: one from the University of Northern Florida that gives Obama a 49-45 lead among LVs in the Sunshine State. It’s interesting mainly because of the long polling window (10/1-9) which covers pre-debate, post-debate, and now.

* Greg Sargent adjudges Romney’s latest ad on the economy (using debate footage) as potentially very effective.

* Issa’s big Libya hearing today reminiscent of Fast & Furious hearings: self-evidently big deal to GOPers, but kind of impenetrable to most other folks.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack unravels the current positioning of Romney & Ryan on Medicare, and says David Brooks doesn’t get it.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes plaintiff in big Texas affirmative action case, Abigail Fisher, is hard-pressed to show injury from school’s admissions decision.

And in non-political news:

* Early reactions to trailers for upcoming Bravo reality show, Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, not kind.

Back tomorrow for another Debate Day, with live-blogging of Joe ‘n’ Paul tomorrow night.


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.


  • Anonymous on October 10, 2012 7:34 PM:


    Willard had been repeatedly mentioning on the campaign trail that he had previously met Glen Doherty, one of the Navy Seals killed in Libya. But his Mother, Barbara Doherty asked the campaign to stop politicizing her son's death:

    "He shouldn't make my son's death part of his political agenda"

    The campaign assured her that Willard would not mention her son again, except he did just that today while campaigning in Ohio.


  • Joe Friday on October 10, 2012 7:36 PM:

    Damn it.

    So much for multitasking.

  • jjm on October 10, 2012 8:27 PM:

    I wonder how Mitt decides which of his two faces to put on in the morning? I guess he can always switch mid-day.

    Good news about the Florida poll. I just can not imagine that one debate performance using the most fluffed up 'I will do whatever to get votes' act I've ever seen, could turn the tide.

  • Matt McIrvin on October 11, 2012 6:54 AM:

    Doesn't that long polling window pretty much make it not interesting? It doesn't do much to indicate the post-debate situation.