Political Animal


October 09, 2012 1:34 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Beautiful morning here on the Central Coast. Tourists on ocean walking trail don’t seem perturbed by the Pew Poll. Here are some mid-day political morsels:

* Gallup one-day tracking poll deploys LV screen for first time, reports Romney up by 2%. Same day, Gallup’s measurement of Obama job approval rating (among adults) up to 53%, with 42% disapproval.

* TAP interviews Jennifer Granholm about her experience w/ Biden debate prep in 2008. Get Granholm back on the team this year, and there will be no risk of “flat” or “disengaged” performance.

* Nice change-of-pace piece at Salon by Patrick Winn about struggles of both parties to mobilize overseas voters.

* Perceptive Robert Wright column at The Atlantic going into some detail on media role in inflating Romney debate win.

* TNR’s Nate Cohn points out relatively large LV/RV gap in Gallup tracking poll exactly what it initially showed in 2008.

And in non-political news:

* Foreign Policy lists 10 best McDonald’s meals served in other countries. And they don’t even mention the McLobster, which I saw in Canada.

Back with the hour.

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.


  • TCinLA on October 09, 2012 1:54 PM:

    For all those who still claim last Wednesday's disaster wasn't really a disaster, this from TPM:

    Republican nominee Mitt Romney leads President Barack Obama by 2 points, according to a new national survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP).

    The poll, conducted on behalf of Daily Kos and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in the days following last Wednesday's debate, shows Romney edging Obama among likely voters nationwide, 49 percent to 47 percent. Obama held a 4-point lead in last week's PPP survey. Romney also took a big chunk out of the president's 15-point lead among women from a week ago. PPP now shows Obama leading by only 6 points among female voters.

    The PollTracker Average reflects Romney's post-debate gains and currently shows him with a lead over Obama, 48.8 percent to 46.4 percent.

  • Ron Byers on October 09, 2012 2:31 PM:

    Ed would you please explain the LV screens employeed by Pew and Gallup.

  • T2 on October 09, 2012 3:03 PM:

    I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the huge % of women switching to Romney. They must know his policies are very anti-women. What could possibly have been said during the debate that would make them stampede away from Obama. I'll stipulate that Romney is a handsome 65 year old. Can that be all? What general across the board slice of American women would all of a sudden renounce their Right to Choose, right to birth control, fair wages and on an on ?????? What gives?

  • FriscoSF on October 09, 2012 3:18 PM:

    '...some detail on media role in inflating Romney debate win...'

    NO inflation needed, Obama BLEW IT
    He could have prepared for the debate
    But, Obama was too cool and too self-entitled to prepare seriously

    The thing is that the bigger a victory Obama gets, the more Democrats he brings along in House and Senate races
    and the more momentum he brings to his agenda

    What a Disappointment Obama has been
    For his entire Presidency


  • T2 on October 09, 2012 3:33 PM:

    @FriscoSF...."What a Disappointment Obama has been
    For his entire Presidency" PLease, I beg you. Vote for Romney.

  • Art Hackett on October 09, 2012 4:15 PM:

    McLobster? That does it. I'm moving to Canada.