Political Animal


October 16, 2012 1:40 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

So as per usual on debate nights, I’ll knock off regular blogging early this afternoon and then resume with live-blogging of the event at Hofstra. May even take a nap, more to obliterate short-term memories of pre-debate spin than to preserve energy.

In the meantime, here are some mid-day snacks:

* Romney maintains two-point lead in Rasmussen Tracking, opens up four-point lead in Gallup Tracking. Obama’s latest daily job approval rating via Gallup is 49%.

* HRC leads counter-attack on Libya killings; Republicans may regret focusing so much on the incident.

* Nate Cohn evaluates Romney’s big comeback in Florida.

* Nasty Jennifer Rubin tweet suggests Obama joining Bill in “humiliating” HRC.

* Teixeira suggests that while Republican extremism may hold together “Obama coalition” this year, serious economic growth necessary to keep it together after Election Day.

And in non-political news:

* Walking Dead season premiere giant ratings success; don’t know if viewers reacted more favorably than I did to plotless, video-gamish zombie slaughter.

Back after a moonlighting break.

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.


  • T2 on October 16, 2012 2:22 PM:

    Sooooooo, 49% Approve of Obama's job performance, but 50% want him replaced by Romney. arrrrgg.

  • Mitch on October 16, 2012 2:23 PM:

    Regarding the Walking Dead:

    Read the comic, don't just watch the show. Buy the collected editions of the comic (it reads better that way than in the single issue format) and enjoy them.

    The show may be good but the comic is a work of art and literature. The comic is a gripping, often haunting, frequently heart-wrenching and usually surprising look at humanity. The show has it's good moments, but usually lacks the emotional punch of the comic story, and is too bound up by the standard tropes of TV plotting.

    Robert Kirkman's comic book creation has none of those television limitations and never resembles "plotless, video-gamish zombie slaughter" in any way, shape or form.

  • R on October 16, 2012 2:30 PM:

    "Nasty Jennifer Rubin" -- Ed, you repeat yourself.

  • Bo on October 16, 2012 2:35 PM:

    The MittWit released the specific details of his tax plan today --> http://www.romneytaxplan.com/

  • Col Bat Guano on October 16, 2012 2:50 PM:

    " plotless, video-gamish zombie slaughter"

    As opposed to the infuriatingly stupid, zombie-less, snoozefest they produced last season?

  • Hue and Cry on October 16, 2012 4:52 PM:

    Republican extremism, indeed.
    They have the nerve to say they wish this president would be an American. With a strange pride, Willard Romney brags that no one ever asked to see his birth certificate. His supporters dance on tables with glee.

    Strange eyed military service evading sons of Romney offer snark; Republican Tommy Thompson's underachieving son acts like a punk who wants to send the president back to Kenya. The crowd woos, loves it.

    Republicans won't push back on the extreme right, ever.
    The candidates love stirring up the less educated base. Romney especially exudes that he loves it. Wow--pulling in the base to vote for me, he says. He even welcomed the divisive Gingrich, who relentlessly offended and disparaged the character of the poor. Romney said, heck, why not, I'll take Newt--and spoke to the camera--I need to get 51% of voters.
    Mitt has a serious character issue, is a serial liar, and still has a sailboat in this election.

    Romney's welfare reform lie was absolutely meant to imply black people were coming to the polls for the president.
    There is racism, voter suppression, assaults on major personal rights of women, lying for the lord, maligning and back-room deals, the 47% surreptitious videotape which Romney somehow has weathered.

    We progressives will need major heart surgeries by the time this election is over.
    Today I was consumed with the fact that it was corrupt Republicans who schemed and blocked the president's bills, stalled the economy, chased ghosts, made up scandals, exploited the middle east turmoil, wasted tax dollars with Darrell Issa looking into nothing all this time. Republicans worked for themselves, pulling in wages, healthcare, limos, perks for themselves--doing nothing, avoiding the work of the people--while the rest of the country must not have noticed.

    Wake up America.

  • TCinLA on October 16, 2012 6:32 PM:

    donít know if viewers reacted more favorably than I did to plotless, video-gamish zombie slaughter.

    I quit watching after the first season when series creator Frank Darabont left when they told him they wanted to cut the budgets. So they did, and this crap is what you get. As the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for," and when you can't pay for writers or good sets, you get this.

    When the creator of a show leaves voluntarily, that is a Very Big Deal, because it is so damn hard to get a show on, that it has to be a Really Bad Thing happening that would make you cut loose of your creation. Cutting the budget to where only crap can be created is a very good reason to leave with your reputation intact. Matthew Weiner stared down the turdbrains at Lionsgate when they tried this crap with "Mad Men," but it doesn't happen often and it cost him a year.