Political Animal


October 17, 2012 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

It’s my wedding anniversary day, but both my wife and I are working (in her case, into the evening). Since I couldn’t do this gig or much of anything else without her, I will be thinking about her when strictly speaking I should be staring at polls or something. Here’s to Dawn (who had a chocolate anniversary cake laid out for me when I arose at 4:45 AM PDT):

And here’s some mid-day news bites, none tasty as chocolate:

* Guess who just flatly asserted that Romney won last night’s debate? (Hint: his name rhymes with “Sick Forest.”).

* New Romney ad shows woman learning the Moderate Truth about Mitt’s positions on abortion and contraception. A real howler.

* Greg Sargent has the back-story on Mitt’s “binders full of women” in Massachusetts.

* Brother Benen notes very positive signs from housing industry (another subject unmentioned last night).

* Larry King to moderate debate next week (to be broadcast via internet) among presidential candidates of Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Justice Parties.

And in non-political news:

* Punchless Bronx Bombers face elimination from MLB post-season tonight.

Back after some chores.

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.


  • Russell B in LA on October 17, 2012 2:02 PM:

    Work or no work, congratulations on your anniversary!

  • Mitt's Magic Underpants on October 17, 2012 2:09 PM:

    Happy anniversary! Next week is 20 years for us here.

    Go Tigers!! People who live in Detroit deserve this!

  • FlipYrWhig on October 17, 2012 2:22 PM:

    Happy 'versary Ed!

  • John B. on October 17, 2012 2:22 PM:

    Why would you supply a direct link to drivel from Dick Morris? It only encourages that shameless media whore.
    Much better is just summarize it yourself or emulate Duncan Black's approach and find a link to someone more worthy who mentions the idiocy.

  • c u n d gulag on October 17, 2012 2:28 PM:


    You gonna spend yours like Obama did his?
    Standing with Mitt on a stage?

    Oh, and my Yankees double-suck.

    Maybe A-Rod can start a league out there, and outsource himself to China.
    He's even richer than Mitt.

  • Qalice on October 17, 2012 2:33 PM:

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Lifelong Dem on October 17, 2012 2:43 PM:

    Congratulations on your anniversary, Ed. You should obviously vote for Romney so your woman can get a flexible work schedule and be home in time to cook your dinner ...

  • Anonymous on October 17, 2012 2:59 PM:

    Since when does "morris" rhyme with "forest"? Hint: We are not repukeliscum here - we are sticklers for accuracy.

    Answer: It does not.

    Dick Morris is still a whore, regardless of anything else.

  • Don on October 17, 2012 3:21 PM:

    Hey Ed, take the rest of the day off and go buy your wife something nice. She must put up with a lot.

  • Ron Byers on October 17, 2012 3:33 PM:

    In other "non-political" news Bristol Palin was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars last night. Apparently her mother's fan base is shrinking.

  • Eeyore on October 17, 2012 3:48 PM:


    Happy Anniversary! I'm so happy my same-same marriage has not damaged your opposite-sex marriage, despite the dire warnings of the Religious Right! May you and your wife have a long and happy life together! Mazel tov!

    Captcha for this: heyeeu love! (I can't make this stuff up...)

  • Kathryn on October 17, 2012 4:13 PM:

    How many shots do you get at Dancing with the Stars, I could swear the Palin spawn already washed out of that competition not all that long ago?

    Happy Anniversary Mr. And Mrs. Kilgore, have a lovely evening.

  • bdop4 on October 17, 2012 4:28 PM:

    Happy Anniversary, Ed. I'm sure you will find a time to really celebrate the occasion. Now, to the business at hand:

    "Larry King to moderate debate next week (to be broadcast via internet) among presidential candidates of Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Justice Parties."

    Other the Amy Goodman, you're the only person to bring up the "Others." Lack of Diversity in presidential politics is really becoming a serious problem, as public reaction to some more leftward views could provide Obama some cover.

    For those interested, Democracy Now! has been replaying the debates and pausing the coverage to allow the other candidates to express their opinions. If we take money out of politics (it's doable, BTW), voters can have more than 1 choice.

  • boatboy_srq on October 17, 2012 4:47 PM:

    Mitt’s “binders full of women”

    Just like someone like Romney to want his women in binders...

  • MaryRC on October 17, 2012 11:15 PM:

    Happy anniversary and many more.

    I found it kind of amusing that your link to the Morris article showed two headlines under "Trending in Opinion":

    Romney won the second debate


    Crowley's intervention as moderator-in-chief swung the debate in Obama's favor

    Make up your minds, people!

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