Political Animal


October 11, 2012 2:09 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

So today we’ll have the usual Special Evening Event drill of an early suspension of blogging followed by live-blogging of tonight’s Biden-Ryan debate. I’d recommend PA as a superior and less perilous accompaniment to watching the debate than Twitter, where the herds do tend to stampede.

Here are some mid-day consumables:

* New weekly jobless claims numbers drop to lowest level in four years.

* Atlantic’s Robert Wright discusses factors raising the likelihood of war between Turkey and Syria.

* TNR’s Nate Cohn reports on big new batch o’ battleground polls, which show Romney gains smaller than in national polls.

* Weigel explores growing use of moms by Republican candidates to vouch for good will towards Medicare.

* Josh Marshall argues you can call Romney both hard-core conservative and a flip-flopper, since he keeps flipping and flopping from his hard-core policy commitments.

And in non-political news:

* Bay Area baseball frenzy: A’s survive last night, Giants battling today.

Back in a bit.

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.


  • AMS on October 11, 2012 3:32 PM:

    Shouldn't the drop in jobless claims to a 4 1/2 year low (reinforcing the good news about the drop in the unemployment rate last week) be the top story today? Instead, all I'm reading is "do or die" hype about tonight's VP debate and exegesis of the latest Presidential polls. The jobs number is wonderful news for the President---why is the media largely ignoring it?

  • Neil B on October 11, 2012 5:58 PM:

    Of course you can call Myth R-money a wacky conservative AND a flip-flopper, once you realize that "flip-flopping" means what you *say.* Why are so many reporters stupid?

  • Tom Hilton on October 11, 2012 6:16 PM:

    I'm stocking up on canned goods and bottled water, just in case we have another Giants/As series.