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October 05, 2012 5:25 PM Days End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Another wild week as we all mosey along in the great cattle drive of life. Who knows if the political thunder and lightning around us mean anything?

Yeah, I need a weekend. But first, here are some final items of the day:

* Very good Carlson/Blumenthal breakdown on deteriorating odds of GOP takeover of Senate.

* Brother Benen has report on latest judicial setback for Ohio Secretary of State’s efforts to restrict early voting on weekend before November 6.

* Good historical account at ScienceNews of efforts to spread political misinformation via Twitter.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein makes case for value of political promises.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports Sarah Lawrence’s dubious distinction in becoming first college to charge over $60,000 for a year’s tuition, fees, and room & board.

And in non-political news:

* At end of first inning, Braves and Cards scoreless. If I hadn’t agree to do a long radio show a bit later (just a glutton for punishment!), I’d definitely tune out of politics and into baseball.

Ah, but tomorrow, there’s a college football game featuring my team playing in the city of my birth. I anticipate a long home tailgate party.

Having made a strong impression last weekend, Simon van Zuylen-Wood will be back for an encore engagement as Weekend Blogger. As always, please give him your full attention.

Selah.

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.

Comments

  • Ben on October 05, 2012 5:45 PM:

    Ross just went Yicketty! 2-0 Bravos.

  • gus on October 05, 2012 6:59 PM:

    When conservatives and GOP presidential ticket members start saying crazy stuff or when they just say anything close to a lie or worse everyone should just nod politely and then say a variation of this:

    "If you have anything to add to that, keep on talking, crazy person."

  • Joe Friday on October 05, 2012 8:24 PM:

    Tonight on his radio show, Matt Miller fell hook, line, & sinker for the 'Romney-moved-to-the-center' meme, and predicted big trouble for Obama because he will no longer be able to run against the RightWing Romney.

    To paraphrase, there's a gullible sucker born every minute.

  • Joe Friday on October 05, 2012 9:23 PM:

    AHA !

    Post debate, on FOX NEWS, Willard apologizes for his "47% video" comments. Obama smartly denied him the opportunity to do so in front of 67 million viewers during the debate.

  • N.Wells on October 05, 2012 11:02 PM:

    I'm unsure whether Fox News was the best place for the Lying Sack of Mitt to apologize. His Fox base was likely cheering on the original sentiment, and the non-Fox reality community is likely to miss the apology completely. Was he getting push-back from members of his base who were starting to worry that they might be on the unloved side of his 47% barrier?

  • Daddy Love on October 05, 2012 11:10 PM:

    I am a bigtime political commenter, but...

    UW Dawgs over Oregon Ducks! Woof!!!!

  • Joe Friday on October 06, 2012 12:11 AM:

    N.Wells,

    "I'm unsure whether Fox News was the best place for the Lying Sack of Mitt to apologize. His Fox base was likely cheering on the original sentiment, and the non-Fox reality community is likely to miss the apology completely."

    Indeed.

    The overwhelming majority of the folks Willard was demeaning (not the majority of the actual 47% who don't pay federal income taxes), who he owes an apology to, don't watch FOX.

    The gullible crowd that does watch FOX thought Willard's comments were just peachy and exactly where his campaign should be going.

    Remember, Willard originally said his comments were "inelegantly stated", but he stood by them. The fact that he was so desperate to apologize for them at the debate is an indicator just how devastating the ads utilizing his own words have been.