Political Animal


October 30, 2012 6:10 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Sandy is reportedly leaving the country by tomorrow. Good riddance.

Here’s some political-news remainders of the day:

* Unsurprisingly, Sandy will slow down the collection of polling data at precisely the juncture of a close election when the chattering classes are panting for polls.

* Salon’s Alex Pareene has an angry round-up of conservative outrages during the weather crisis.

* Al Gore states the obvious—or the should-be-obvious—about the connection between Sandy and climate change.

* Charles Pierce thinks Chris Christie took big step towards White House during Sandy.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides evaluates the historical accuracy of late pre-election polls, and find it is very high. WaPo’s Jonathan Bernstein agrees.

And in non-political news:

* Po-po turn up 640 marijuana lollipops in Buffalo.

Don’t forget it’s still dangerous out there in a big swath of America. See you tomorrow, when I hope more regular readers get their power back. Until then, there’s this:


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.


  • T2 on October 30, 2012 9:36 PM:

    Chris Christie is going to have to loose about 200 pounds before he can be president. He won't.

  • KK on October 30, 2012 10:11 PM:

    Looks like Gov Cuomo v Gov Christie in 16. Charlie should have given his Gov some props. I am not fan of Gov Cuomo ( or Christie, u know me being liberal and all) but Gov Cuomo has been darn good on the radio. All we got except our smart phones

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2012 12:04 AM:

    "It's also a look at how comfortable these elitist jerks are behaving this way amongst themselves when they think no one is listening."

    No, not a comment about Romney's 47% comment.

    A part of a Brieitbart article about the comments caught by hot mic by some buzzfeed journalist about the chances Romney would say something stupid at "storm-related" event in Ohio.

    I would think Romney supporters would pause before castigating someone for the things they say when they think no one is listening.


  • exxron on October 31, 2012 6:22 AM:

    This question is only indirectly related to the current news cycle:

    Why not have the Electoral College play a more active role in the campaign process?

    For example, what if there were a televised "Town Hall meeting" where candidates discuss issues with a selection of their and the other candidates' nominated electors?
    It would almost certainly lead to a sharper discussion.

  • SimonPaul on October 31, 2012 7:21 AM:

    "Your child will never face insurance caps or a pre-existing condition exclusion, what are you gonna do now?"

    "I'm gonna vote."


  • Pete on October 31, 2012 7:55 AM:

    RE: Good riddance. Thanks for the love Ed. Canada.

  • Hue & Cry on October 31, 2012 8:15 AM:

    More of Mitt's anti-working family policies, promises and pledges as to how busy he'll be on day one....

    CLICK HERE: --> Mitt Romney will attempt to eliminate Unions

  • Hue and Cry on October 31, 2012 8:18 AM:

  • Brock on October 31, 2012 8:50 AM:

    "Po-po"? Seriously?

    What's next? News on Republican-mandated "trans-vajayjay" ultrasounds?