Political Animal


October 04, 2012 1:47 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

After blogging pretty late last night, dreamed about the debate all night, waking up tired but with no new insights. What really depresses me is the day or two of heavy 100% spin we’ll endure before we get any reliable evidence that the debate even mattered. But here’s what I got at mid-day:

* They’re still partying hearty at Red State this morning. Nobody’s even warned Mitt not to go too far with all that “bipartisanship” crap.

* BUT: Obama job approval reaches 54% in Gallup tracking poll for October 1-3—highest mark since 2009.

* NRO’s Goldberg only conservative I’ve seen so far pausing to note that “most of [Romney’s] effective moments came when he distanced himself from the base of his party.”

* Really bad news for post-election analysis: Exit poll consortium announces no polling (other than as part of national exits) in 19 states deemed non-competititve. Costs—some associated with increased early voting—are cited as the reason.

* In case you missed it, there’s a strange James K. Polk cult around Mitt Romney. One-term president who fought divisive war with Mexico? Oh, brother!

And in non-political news:

* Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera wins first Triple Crown since 1967.

Back after quick brunch of leftovers.

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.


  • c u n d gulag on October 04, 2012 2:14 PM:

    Contrat's to the Tigers Cabrera!!!

    The last Baseball Triple Crown was won when I was 9, and the great, AND HATED (by Yankee fans), Yaz won it

    The year before, the even greater Frank Robinson had won it.

    After back-to-back Triple Crowns in the American League, WHODATHUNK it would take another 45 years before someone won another one?

    Of course, it'll now be over 75 years since since a National Leaguer, Ducky Medwick, won one for the Cardinals in 1937.

  • T2 on October 04, 2012 2:20 PM:

    very amusing exchange on MSNBC Andrea Mitchell today...John Sununu, who must be the most disgusting person in the world, really let Mitchell have it over Romney's lack of specifics.....poor lady actually got mad at him and yelled.....it was quite a sight.

  • T2 on October 04, 2012 2:26 PM:

    reports are that our old Barack Obama showed up at a rally in Colorado today...remember him- the fire-breathing gifted orator. Glad to have him back. He got off quite a few zingers at Mitt's expense. A day late, Mr. President. I guess everyone can have an off night.

  • Old Uncle Dave on October 04, 2012 2:45 PM:

    Who was that person Obama was debating against last night?
    It looked like Romney, but the policies it advocated were completely different from the policies of the Romney who's been campaigning for the past few months. So far, there are at least three Romneys - the one in interviews, the one in debates, and the one in a room full of fellow rich fuckers.

  • exlibra on October 04, 2012 2:46 PM:

    I guess everyone can have an off night. -- T2, @2:26 PM

    True, but I can't stop wondering about both his last night's listlessness and today's exuberance. It's as if he had a heavy problem on his mind last night (Family? National? International?), which got resolved overnight and lifted his spirits. It's easy to forget that Romney has only one job -- get elected -- while Obama has to juggle more than that. And does, being the responsible and honorable man he is. All the same... I hope it doesn't happen again, at the next two debates.

  • dj spellchecka on October 04, 2012 3:04 PM:

    55th anniversary of sputnik..oct 4 1957

  • Doug on October 04, 2012 5:55 PM:

    re NRO and Goldberg:
    Perhaps it would behoove the partying right-wing pundits to listen to the doughy pantload in the mineshaft...