Political Animal


October 18, 2012 5:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

19 days to go until the Big Day. And the state of play is probably more confused than ever. Here are some final notes from today’s news and chatter:

* Charles Pierce takes down Scott Brown’s campaign strategy in a typically fiery, more-in-anger-than-in-sorrow manner. Break out the marshmallows and weenies before reading.

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis reviews the broader picture of employers pushing employees to vote for Mitt.

* Interesting profile of the “shrinking” campaign of Todd Akin by Nation’s George Zornick, who reports Akin is one GOP candidate who hardly bothers to talk about jobs.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein looks closely at the questions asked during the Hofstra debate, and adjudges them as indeed fair and balanced.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports University of Phoenix closing about half of its branches, though online enrollment should not be directly affected.

And in non-political news:

* Animal Practice joins Made in Jersey as early casualties of new network TV season.

Back tomorrow early if not bright, or, as Pylon put it: “I’ll be clean but not neat.”


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.


  • RepublicanPointOfView on October 18, 2012 6:14 PM:

    We, the owners and funders of the republican party, keep learning.

    For the 2014 election cycle and forward from there, we are encouraging our fellow business owners to adapt the following processes:
    - require employees to register to vote
    - require employees to vote by absentee ballot
    - assure that employees have access to managerial assistance in filling out the ballot
    - require that the absentee ballot be provided to management who will pay for the mailings
    - provide a bonus for married employees whose spouses submit their absentee ballots thru the firm

    Nothing scary or strange going on in the republican world...

  • SadOldVet on October 18, 2012 6:17 PM:

    People, corporations are my friends.

  • Tom Marney on October 18, 2012 6:39 PM:

    Pylon. :) Going to one of their shows was like being inside a giant beating heart.

  • Bokonon on October 18, 2012 7:34 PM:

    Pylon? Awesome!

  • DJ on October 18, 2012 8:39 PM:

    Aside from Animal Practice being a bad show, I can't help thinking that NBC contributed to its demise by interrupting the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics to show the pilot. So we missed out on performances by Ray Davies singing "Waterloo Sunset" and a stunning routine set to Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill." Engendered a lot of ill will there...

  • Dan in Texas on October 18, 2012 8:51 PM:

    Pylon!!? Nice blast from the past.

  • Hue and Cry on October 18, 2012 11:09 PM:

    I don't know if anyone posted on this--but I have watched my final Morning Joe program.

    This link summarizes the mysogynist Morning Joe and his frequent mysogynist cronies with their comfortable gig--They were all way too comfy today with their dismissive attitudes towards women's comcerns.
    Like Romney, they're forgetting there is video:


    Such smug and offensive attitudes towards women--unbelieveable.

    When I was watching, I thought--hey Mika, you better get some other women on that show because these guys are going to steam roll right over you.

    This once again reaffirms that the journalistic ethics of those fellows are absolutely compromised as they try so hard to please Scarborough to keep that helluva gig.