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October 31, 2012 5:49 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Yeah, starting to get that chronic head-ache and buzzing in the ears I associate with the late stages of a close election. That makes three out of the last four presidential cycles. Haven’t really thought about it, but you have to go back to the late nineteenth-century to find a similar period of such frequent parity in presidential races.

Here’s what we’ve got in the way of late-day news and remainders:

* WaPo/ABC Tracking Poll showing sky-high (78-8) positive assessments of Obama’s handling of Sandy. Hard to believe that won’t matter unless perceptions change.

* Tea Party News Network site established just in time for Election Day. Will be interesting to see who feels need for news outlet more extreme than Breitbart, Free Beacon, Daily Caller and Fox.

* Iowa Republican officials join Texas counterparts in bizarre alarms over international observers of November 6 election.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Zasloff discusses potential challenge to Obama’s “legitimacy” if he wins electoral vote but not popular vote.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports Xavier University’s reversal of earlier decision to drop coverage of contraception in employees’ health insurance plans.

And in non-political news:

* Nate Cohn notes that weather models were remarkably accurate about Sandy.

So: another day, and presumably more people with the power—and their normal lives—back on. Let’s hope that by next Tuesday the only real drama is in politics.


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.


  • Mimikatz on October 31, 2012 6:28 PM:

    Obama so far does seem to have handled Sandy and it's aftermath well. Could it be that God doesn't really want Mitt after all?

  • Joe Friday on October 31, 2012 7:01 PM:

    ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl pushing the Romney campaign nonsense that Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Michigan are in play for Willard. He's behind in Florida, Virginia, and Ohio, let alone trying to expand the map. Head fakes only work when your opponent doesn't have the money to cover.


  • T2 on October 31, 2012 8:17 PM:

    I saw Gene Autry once......he was drunk and could barely sing. I seen Roy and Dale too, they shook my hand.

  • kolobian on October 31, 2012 8:32 PM:

    Drudge has an unlinked little headline at top left:
    I wonder if there's anything, which way, and if not then was MD just throwing out a tease and hoping people would assume it was about Obama.

  • Thisby on October 31, 2012 10:01 PM:

    T2, that is so funny! Back in about 1954 or maybe 1955, my uncle took all of us kids to a local rodeo to see Gene Autry. One cousin was a big fan of Gene (the rest of us were solidly Roy Rogers), so she got to go back behind the chutes to see him just before the Grand Entry. Gene Autry was so drunk he couldn't even get on his horse! My cousin's dreams were shattered, and the next day she was staunchly behind Roy. We still laugh about it to this day.

  • kolobian on October 31, 2012 10:06 PM:

    Well, not the majors:

  • joanneinDenver on November 01, 2012 10:48 AM:

    @Ed Kilgore,

    "So: another day, and presumably more people with the power—and their normal lives—back on. Let’s hope that by next Tuesday the only real drama is in politics."

    Are you crazy? Do you have any idea of how widespread the power outages are and the desperation of people who are still trapped and the hundreds of thousands who are experiencing cold as well as water? This is not a walk in the park. Consider that the "righties" are watching the TV coverage and concluding that if the federal government has to provide adequate relief, it will bankrupt the country. Therefore, more reason to vote for Romney with his tin can brigade.

    PLEASE, do not attempt to dismiss or belittle the magnitude of the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people.

  • Dave Lister on November 01, 2012 11:28 AM:

    I'm concerned about voting in NJ and NYC. Unless a miracle happens, very large swathes of NJ, Manhatten, and bits of NY State will not be able to vote. Hell, they won't even be able to have enough fuel to drive to the polling sites assuming those sites are still standing and powered.

    I think it would be beyond foolish to not delay voting at least in these areas.

    It's also worth mentioning that many of the areas that are blacked out are traditional democratic strongholds and could, conceivably, cause the loss of at least NJ to the Republican side if those folks get incidentally disenfranchised.

    But assuming there's no change in the date of the election, perhaps you and other bloggers could do something to get the word out about how to vote in these areas.