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October 22, 2012 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I am, as you may have noticed, a bit behind the curve today, partly by design (it’s the final Debate Live Blogging day and night, so I’m taking it a bit easy before the late frenzy), but mostly because I tried to tackle some pretty big topics this morning (including the McGovern legacy, the overall state of the presidential race, and then Obama’s Christianity). In any event, here are some mid-day news morsels, such as they are:

* The daily 1:00 PM dose of strangeness from Gallup Tracking: Mitt’s LV lead down to a mere six percent; Obama job approval still at 49.

* Team Mitt playing expectations game for tonight’s debate way, way low.

* Carl Cannon profile of Colorado notes $72 million spent there as of last week on presidential ads—which ranks the state fourth in expenditures.

* Another article on how Coal Country will cost Obama win in Virginia. I dunno: SW VA small and shrinking percentage of state vote, and Obama lost it badly in 2008 anyway.

* As Amy Sullivan points out at Twitter, new PRRI survey shows zero movement by Catholics on contraception mandate after entire Bishops’ “fortnight of freedom” campaign.

And in non-political news:

* Giants/Cardinals go to Game Seven. Another big distraction from Debate Three.

Back after yet another caffeine injection.

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

  • Old Uncle Dave on October 22, 2012 3:07 PM:

    Let's see, I can watch a pair of corporate candidates each trying to prove they would kowtow to Israel more than the other, or I can watch the final game of the National League pennant race.

    I have to go with the least likely to disgust me.
    Go Giants!

  • FriscoSF on October 22, 2012 3:15 PM:

    The daily 1:00 PM dose of strangeness from Gallup Tracking: Mitt’s LV lead down to a mere six percent; Obama job approval still at 49............................

    Really smooth move by Obama to NOT take the first debate seriously
    Too cool and too self-entitled to debate, huh ?
    After all, he acomplished SO MUCH his first term

    Losing that big lead that Obama had prior to the debate means there will be a minimal pick up of seats in the House and a possible loss of the Senate

    You're doin' a heckuva job, Barack !!

  • Mitch on October 22, 2012 3:28 PM:

    "Another article on how Coal Country will cost Obama win in Virginia"

    I'm a child of Coal Country (SE KY) and must say that I have been constantly amused/concerned by the demonization of Obama and Dems in general regarding coal. My hometown is plastered in signs that read LEGALIZE COAL, and public websites (for the court/county jail as an example) have such things plastered all over them.

    I'm concerned because the level of trash being talked by "conservatives" about Obama has been incredible. I am amused because I know many Dems/Libs who are furious that Obama has shown too much favor to coal. Our President is apparently the poster child for the old cliché, "Damned if you do and damned of you don't."

  • Doug on October 22, 2012 3:58 PM:

    re first two comments:
    Apparently Republicans aren't the only ones subject to the hazards of projection...