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October 26, 2012 5:00 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’m knocking off a bit early today (though with the usual number of posts in the can!) to head out for a brief weekend trip, but will obviously be alert during what could be a strange weekend of developments and anticipated developments. Here’s what’s left from today:

* New CNN/ORC poll in Ohio shows Obama still up 50-46 among LVs. Obama leading among early voters so far by 59/38.

* Nate Silver’s latest forecast shows Obama with 73% probability of winning, mainly because of battleground state advantages.

* Krugman takes another swing at Romney’s “five-point plan.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack quantifies very small number of abortions that would fall under Romney’s “moderate” exceptions.

* At College Guide, Mark Kleiman discusses the perilous state of the University of California system, particularly if Prop 30 is defeated.

And in non-political news:

* List of the richest person in each of the 50 states.

I’m out. Simon van Zuylen-Wood will be handling Weekend Blogging duties, and he’s got quite a lot planned aside from reacting to the news.

See you Monday.


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.


  • Hue and Cry on October 26, 2012 6:09 PM:

    As he was avoiding questions from the press and giving orwellian speeches in the state of Iowa today, Myth Romney had this gem on what the upcoming election means --seems like he is thinking of his MANY HOMES????

    "And those things will determine the most important and intimate things in our lives, the lives of our homes, our families, our loved ones."

    Only someone from the 1% could offer that freudian slip.

    How about Moose-hunter race baiter Sarah Palin and injustice counter race baiter enthusiast and Romney Surrogate John Sunnunu showing such overt, outright racism in their individual statements on cable televison.

    I think even horrible racists could be offended by those two.

    Meanwhile, on Morning Joe, Scarborough and Mika act like it was the worse thing in the world that the word Bull$hi--ter was used in a magazine....
    Yet Joe Scarborough himself used the F-word on his program--not bleeped out, either--and Mark Halperin referred to the president as a d--k on television, as the two of them, Joe and Mark, acted like they planned to have Mark say that, as if ha, ha--wait for this, ha ha--then Joe pulled back and probably was part of Halperin's suspension from MSNBC.
    Like I said, I've watched a lot of teevee...

  • Kathryn on October 26, 2012 6:53 PM:

    "the lives of our homes", what was he trying to say? I'm tired from worry about election and campaign work in Va., maybe it's obvious, but I'm missing it. Mother of god, how can people vote for this horrible man? Bigotry is a horrible thing, the never ending legacy of slavery.

  • cwolf on October 26, 2012 6:58 PM:

    I wonder what effect Frankenstorm Sandy will have on the election.
    If I'm either candidate, I'm soiling my shorts about now.

  • Joe Friday on October 26, 2012 7:18 PM:

    "New CNN/ORC poll in Ohio shows Obama still up 50-46 among LVs. Obama leading among early voters so far by 59/38."

    This could prove critical if what remains of hurricane Sandy hits Ohio and disrupts voting.

  • anon on October 26, 2012 8:41 PM:

    Went to the weather channel and there was a comment as follows--

    "Sandy is here at/on Melbourne Beach FL, big waves and strong winds."

    The map looked like it was strongly heading for Virginia Beach and Ocean CIty New Jersey especially, and the extended pix had a huge swath of areas, going as far inland as Pittsburgh, but just with higher winds....

  • Yellowdog on October 26, 2012 8:47 PM:

    Romney holds rally at Hoover High School. J. Edgar or Herbert, I wondered, or some local notable? I just wondered if Romney was bold enough to kneel at a site honoring the late president, so i checked. The Hoover honored in the name of the school in Canton, Ohio, is actually the founder of the Hoover vacuum cleaner company. That company is now owned by a Chinese company and the plant in Ohio is shuttered. Before Romney rewrites history, take note that this closure happened in 2007, before Obama took office. (Anyone want to wager on whether Romney still tries to pin it on the prez?)