Political Animal


October 22, 2012 4:39 PM Final Debate Hiatus

By Ed Kilgore

For the last time (except maybe for Election Day itself, when I figure I’ll do a live-blogging marathon), I’m shortening the blogging day just a bit in order to prepare for live-blogging the final presidential debate. I’ll be back at around 8:30 PM EDT with some pre-event thoughts, and then plug through until the spin wars either subside or make me physically ill.

Please use the comment thread to post any thoughts or predictions you have about tonight’s debate. Perhaps the most fun and useful would be predictions of how the candidate manage to pivot from foreign policy questions to their favorite domestic themes.

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.


  • jharp on October 22, 2012 4:57 PM:

    I predict Romney will act like a total dick.

  • Don on October 22, 2012 5:19 PM:

    That's an easy one:

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: First, I'd like to thank you, Bob, Gov. Romney, the CPD, and the fine folks here at (wherever) in beautiful Boca Raton, Florida. It's my first time in Boca Raton, but Gov. Romney, I know you were here once a few months back, isn't that right? Late spring, maybe? Had a nice dinner? Answered a few questions, did you? Anything interesting come out of that?

  • coralsea on October 22, 2012 6:45 PM:

    I would like Myth RobMe to explain how he expects to pay for all the caskets he's going to fill once he gets to unleash the neo-cons to play an extended game of Risk.

  • Rabbler on October 22, 2012 6:53 PM:

    The Bears are playing the Lions on MNF. Send in Joe!

  • TulsaTime on October 22, 2012 7:32 PM:

    This will be the fantasy debate, since both side keep their positions as flexible as memory will allow. Romney can pretend to balance the budget by cutting foreign aide, and Obama can pretend to have an expansive human rights agenda.

    Then both the candidates will break into their individual compositions about, 'I love Israel so much that I will...' and what technological secrets they will let the Israelis look at before selling them to the Chinese.

    The nation will breath a secret sigh of relief when ninja-style commandos from Canada break into the studio and reveal both Romney and Obama to be aliens from Atlantis, and Joe Biden is crowned el presidente for life.

  • SadOldVet on October 22, 2012 7:44 PM:

    ...until the spin wars either subside or make me physically ill.

    9-5 odds on the physically ill. The spin lying will continue thru election day.

  • Sue on October 22, 2012 8:41 PM:

    Never apologize for quitting "early" or not covering something you think you should be covering. You are so incredibly prolific, and write with such depth and insight, that this is the first place I turn for my daily political fix, especially during this campaign. Keep doing what you're doing!