Political Animal


October 19, 2012 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

More backbiting arguments (and some sheer pettifoggery) today than any real news. Here are a few items for your nourishment:

* Gallup Tracking has Romney LV lead down one to 51-45, with Obama’s job approval still at 50%. But PPP has Romney up by a point in both Iowa and New Hampshire (per Twitter; links not up yet).

* Obama coins new word—“Romnesia”—for convenient forgetfulness about past policy positions. Catching on fast in Twitterverse.

* RCP’s Caitlin Huey-Burns profiles battle for NOVA. Hard to believe VA part of Obama’s “firewall” couple of weeks ago.

* Joe Walsh adds self to House GOP anti-science club with idiotic claim that abortion never necessary to save women’s lives.

* BLS releases state unemployment stats for September; Greg Sargent mulls connection to Obama’s midwestern strength.

And in non-political news:

* CNN has nice slide-show of autumn colors ‘round the Northern Hemisphere.

Back after I move computer upstairs to make room for guest.

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.


  • Anonymous on October 19, 2012 2:13 PM:

    "But PPP has Romney up by a point in both Iowa and New Hampshire (per Twitter; links not up yet)."

    in a poll released yesterday, nbc-wsj had obama up 8 in iowa.

  • Ronald on October 19, 2012 2:22 PM:

    'Brother Benen' as you call him has a great take on the 'Romnesia' line including video.
    It is fantastic and if he doesn't use it during the third debate that would be a real shame.
    Especially the line that 'Obamacare takes care of pre-exisitng conditions' (like Romnesia)

  • T2 on October 19, 2012 4:16 PM:

    yep, Romnesia is exceedingly clever. I'm sure the Sunday talk shows will cite that as a good example of how angry and desperate Obama is.

  • ninja3000 on October 19, 2012 4:28 PM:

    Actually, George Monbiot wrote a column entitled "Romnesia" in The Guardian, Sept. 24 issue.