Political Animal


October 18, 2012 1:54 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Felt the need for carbo-loading, and consumed a big bowl of pasta for brunch. Will likely regret it later, but in any event, here are some lighter snacks for you:

* It’s all-or-nothing for Mitt, says his wife: no future political races if he loses this one. Well, it’s not like he’s going to go back to Massachusetts and run for anything.

* 2d Circuit panel declares DOMA unconstitutional. Greg Sargent explains why it’s a big deal.

* More surprising tracking poll news from Gallup: Romney now up seven (52-45) among LVs in seven-day rolling average. But Obama daily job approval number back up to 50. Go figure.

* Weekly jobless claims up sharply after last week’s sharp drop; Labor Departments says both numbers mainly attributable to technical issues in measurement.

* Big Dog encapsulation of Romney message: “We messed it up, he didn’t fix it, put us back in.”

And in non-political news:

* British soccer star accepts 4-game suspension, $356,000 fine for use of abusive racial epithet during game.

Back after I run up and down the stairs a few times.

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.


  • k l m on October 18, 2012 2:03 PM:

    re polls vs approval rating. Watch that Kimmel video of people reviewing the 'debate' hours before it actually happened. Then explain why we should put ANY faith in the opinions or voting rationale of the American public!

  • FriscoSF on October 18, 2012 2:26 PM:

    Don't worry about Twitt's political future
    After he loses, he'll be devoured (alive) by Fixed Noise and the Tea Party

    He may even have his Aryan entitlement revoked

  • Ron Byers on October 18, 2012 2:48 PM:

    Gallup introduced the current likely voter model right after the first debate. Right off it showed a move to Romney. The first debate justified some movement to Romney, but the second debate should show a falling off or a move back to Obama. It doesn't. That means either the CW and other polling is totally wrong or Gallup's model is out of wack. Would somebody look at it?

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on October 18, 2012 3:13 PM:

    "no future political races if he loses this one"

    Ann, you ain't never lied! He will be deemed "insufficiently conservative" if he loses this one.

  • CharlieM on October 18, 2012 3:16 PM:

    All of those DOMA defenders may have shot themselves in the foot.
    By writing DOMA into federal law (rather than keeping to state-by-state constitutional amendments such as we have in GA), a SCOTUS overturn would seem to make all those state amendments immediately suspect with respect to constitutionality.
    Don't see how you could srike it down at federal level while allowing it at state level.

  • JM917 on October 18, 2012 3:48 PM:

    My prediction on Mitt's political future (after, may God and us voters make it so, his defeat in 2012):

    He's going to wind up on the Qurom of the Twelve Apostles, which is the Politburo/Central Committee/College of Cardinals that runs the Mormon Church. And eventually he'll be named the President of the Church, which is kinda like being Pope.

    That'll be a great job for him. Think of all the high-powered financial expertise he'll bring to the Quorum. and all the inspiring up-by-your-own-bootstraps messages he'll preach to the world.

  • biggerbox on October 18, 2012 3:58 PM:

    I believe Mrs. Mitt has said that very thing before, yet look where we are.

  • TCinLA on October 18, 2012 4:06 PM:

    Hopefully we'll get lucky and they'll move to the Caymans. And stay there.

  • The DeMBA on October 18, 2012 8:40 PM:

    Of course Mitt won't run for anything else.

    He has zero natural constituency; he's annoyed just about everyone and Republicans who endorse him now will never, ever forgive him for losing to the great Kenyan Colonial Atheist Muslim Communist anti-Christ.

    If he loses, he'll probably get some sympathy gigs from the Koch brothers or whatnot, maybe some speaking engagements. But, overall, he's simply toast.