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October 15, 2012 1:25 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Slowest Monday for political news in a good while, at least so far. Coupla polls, coupla dumb quotes. Some good analysis, which I’ll probably be commenting on further. Here’s what I’ve got in the way of mid-day news bites:

* Poll for Family Research Council shows Akin edging ahead of McCaskill. Caveat emptor!

* True the Vote’s “nonpartisanship” pretty threadbare, reports Abby Rapoport at TAP.

* In least surprising news of day, Koch Industries sends out letter to employees saying many of them will lose their jobs if Obama re-elected.

* RCP’s Scott Conroy discusses Romney’s problems with a town hall debate format.

* At TNR, Bill Galston says relentless focus on Wisconsin may be Romney’s best bet for win.

And in non-political news:

* Rollings Stones planning 50th anniversary tour. Lord have mercy.

Back in just 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.

Comments

  • eserwe on October 15, 2012 2:09 PM:

    Rollings Stones planning 50th anniversary tour.

    How many ambulances on stand-by at a gig does the contract specify?

  • c u n d gulag on October 15, 2012 2:12 PM:

    What's this Rolling Stones tour gonna be called?

    "The Steel Defibrillator Tour?"

  • Josef K on October 15, 2012 2:15 PM:

    * At TNR, Bill Galston says relentless focus on Wisconsin may be Romney’s best bet for win.

    IF the Dairy State does indeed hand Romney this election, which is a bit hard to credit given we're talking only 10 EVs there, that will be four things my home state will spend the next 100 years apologizing for.

    The first three are Joe McCarthy, Tommy Thompson, and Paul Ryan. I don't include Scott Walker because (a) his national standing is just above non-existent, and (b) he's on his way out the door, one way or the other.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on October 15, 2012 2:15 PM:

    Re: Koch Industries

    Would it be outlandish for me to think that certain right-wing "job creators" are praying for any excuse in the world to lay off people. It really helps their case either way: 1) they can improve their bottom line, and 2)they can have a ready-made scapegoat in the body of a black socialist-commie President if anyone gets prickly.

  • Jim Strain on October 15, 2012 2:20 PM:

    "In least surprising news of day, Koch Industries sends out letter to employees saying many of them will lose their jobs if Obama re-elected."

    At the very least they'll likely be laying off the thousands of workers engaged in producing all those anti-Obama ads. That oughta be enough to send the unemployment rate up a couple of points at least.

  • Renai on October 15, 2012 2:40 PM:

    I wonder if that lady who wouldn't boycott her favorite brand of Koch toilet paper is hearing this?

    Koch TP: the more you wipe off, the more they wipe on.

  • John Sully on October 15, 2012 2:42 PM:

    I noticed that the tour is pretty brief. But at age 70, can you really rock 'n roll all night?

  • mudwall jackson on October 15, 2012 2:42 PM:

    * In least surprising news of day, Koch Industries sends out letter to employees saying many of them will lose their jobs if Obama re-elected.

    yeah sure. my guess is the kochs love making money a whole lot more than they do ideology. in fact i'd say making money is a religion, with the dollar the supreme diety. when you're the kochs, employees are a nuisance the kochs have to accept in order to worship their god.

  • 50th Nervous Breakdown on October 15, 2012 2:45 PM:

    The Stones could do all their best hits!

    It's All Over Now, Time is On My Side, The Last Time, Not Fade Away, Out of Time, and one for Keith: Get Off My Cloud.

  • Robb on October 15, 2012 2:56 PM:

    I saw the words "David Horowitz" in the article about True the Vote and that told me all I need to know.

    The name "David Horowitz" is synonymous with lies, hackery, and BS. If True the Vote is using him in any capacity, you know their agenda is built on lies.

  • T2 on October 15, 2012 3:03 PM:

    caveat emptor ? The people of Missouri know EXACTLY what they are getting. That's why he's ahead. What a state full of losers....but if Missouri was our only state full of losers, we'd be fine. Unfortunately, there's Arizona, Texas, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and several more I can't think of. Wait a minute....that's lots of states. Maybe we are a country of losers...any nation that allows the likes of Todd Akin to sit as a Lawmaker is in big trouble.

  • exlibra on October 15, 2012 3:07 PM:

    * RCP’s Scott Conroy discusses Romney’s problems with a town hall debate format.

    Not to worry; Candy Crowley will "moderate away" any problem that shows up in his delivery.

  • liam foote on October 15, 2012 3:23 PM:

    As a native Badger and Cheesehead, I doubt very much if the Ryan-Romney ticket will prevail in Packerland. Obama is popular and voters are tired of the acrimony, particularly GOP attack ads, robocalls and sleaze.

    Even Paul Ryan is met with a good deal of derision and scoffing from his own constituents (see YouTube) due to his budget. Tommy Thompson is sinking like a stone and Scott Walker was lucky to survive recall. Exit polls showed 70% opposed to recall except for serious crimes, but Walker garnered only 53%. His election and fighting the recall cost the GOP $100 million ... in order to preserve a smarmy, unproductive talking head.

    No ... denizens of Dairyland are better than this and we eventually pull together. Look at the popularity of moderates within the GOP like Dale Schultz (R-Dist 17). We need more like him and less like the ALEC-inspired stompers of FitzWalkerStan. Forward (the WI motto, btw).

  • Kathryn on October 15, 2012 3:30 PM:

    Hope you're right @liam foote. Woild it be too much to ask for a Ryan defeat in the Congressional race also?

  • Walker on October 15, 2012 3:57 PM:

    The Akin poll does not include the Libertarian candidate who has been an important spoiler in every other poll.

  • low-tech cyclist on October 16, 2012 10:26 AM:

    I agree with Galston. If Obama wins Ohio, which seems pretty likely even now, Romney either has to sweep the rest of the 'swing states' or put another state back into play.

    And Wisconsin is polling pretty close - there's really no other state that's been off the swing-state list that has similar potential for Romney. So a breakthrough in Wisconsin is probably Romney's best shot.