Political Animal


October 25, 2012 1:56 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Another un-newsy day, to put it mildly. One campaign story is entitled “Obama Goes To Krispy Kreme,” and that’s about all it said. Here’s some scraps I’ve found here and there:

* E.J. Dionne argues the Right has lost the election no matter what happens, since their own candidate has felt forced to distance himself from them.

* Weigel suggests once-fierce battle to detach Florida Jews from Democratic Party has failed.

* Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir reviews new documentary on Texas school textbook wars.

* TAP’s Patrick Caldwell profiles bellwether county in Wisconsin.

* TPM analyzes key counties in Ohio.

And in non-political news:

* Hurricane Sandy could turn out to be “Frankenstorm” that blasts New York.

Back within the hour, in hopes of a new poll or something.

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 25, 2012 2:14 PM:

    I enjoy E. J. Dionne, but does he really believe that Romney has "felt forced to distance" himself from the "Right"? Romney is doing anything he can to win. Beliefs do not play a part in his decisions, excepting the LDS belief's which no one apparently can mention. He "distanced" himself from the crazy wing of his Party simply because he was losing badly supporting their radical agenda. He became Moderate Mitt because it gives him a better chance of winning. Dionne should know that. And if he does win, nobody, Dionne, or Romney himself knows where his "beliefs" will take him. Most probably to the Cayman Islands.

  • David Martin on October 25, 2012 2:31 PM:

    I wonder whether that campaign to separate Florida Jews from Obama was really aimed at Christians. In that case, the evangelicals were already Romney supporters. For some reason, we didn't see much of an anti-Castro campaign.

  • BillFromPA on October 25, 2012 2:32 PM:

    I like E.J., but if hs's suggesting that 'Moderate Mitt' equals a loss to the wingnuts regardless of the outcome of the election, he's deluded. If 'Moderate Mitt' wins, 'Moderate Mitt' vanishes on Nov. 07, He's been dancing to the 'Bagger tunes from the beginning and they'll be pulling his strings from before the inaguration. He's a Suit with pen in hand who will sign whatever Grover puts in fron of him.

  • FriscoSF on October 25, 2012 3:09 PM:

    I couldn't agree more that 'Moderate Mitt' might just FLIP FLOP on the issues IF he's elected

    And that 'If' seems dangerously close at hand

    I just hope if 'Incompetent Obama' is re-elected, he'll become 'Focused Obama'

    Focused on something other than self-promotion and symbolism
    It would be Refreshing

  • maggie on October 25, 2012 3:09 PM:

    Any thoughts on how the Frankenstorm might affect teh campaigning? Seems to me that it could really hurt Obama since he will be required/expected to take time away from campaigning (too unseemly otherwise, like bush fiddling while N.O. drowned)

  • Mitch on October 25, 2012 3:14 PM:

    I second BillFromPA's comment. "Moderate Mitt" is about as real as was "Compassionate Conservative" Bush. Actually probably less real, given the ever-growing dogmatic nature of the Right, and Mitt Romney's utter lack of integrity.

    If the GOP tells Mitt to jump, then he will jump. Even THEY are aware that Mitt's recent "swing" to the center is just pandering in his attempt to win the general.

    To paraphrase one of the greatest songs of the 20th Century: Anyway the wind blows, it doesn't really matter to Mitt.

  • T2 on October 25, 2012 3:43 PM:

    If the Storm hits and is a major problem...here' what will happen:
    Obama will Tour the site by helicopter - Romney will say he didn't go soon enough and fly low enough
    Obama will declare the area a Disaster Area and promise to re-build - Romney will say he did do it fast enough and Ryan will ask "Where is the money coming from?"
    Guiliani will complain it wasn't fast enough, like his response to 9/11
    Obama will give a speech calling it a National Disaster and express sorrow for the dead.
    Romney will say he didn't use the words National Disaster fast enough, and didn't seem sincere with his sorrow.
    Jimmy Hoffa's body will wash up on the New Jersey shore- Romney will take credit for that and bless it into the Mormon faith (that we're not supposed to discuss).
    The Media will say "both sides do it". And we'll move on.

  • BillFromPA on October 25, 2012 3:59 PM:

    T2, I'm certain that Hoffa has already been baptized into the Mormon Cult, probably everyone to be found in any public registry in the USA has. If I believed in any of that BS I'd be pissed, but actually it's a hoot.

  • j on October 25, 2012 4:00 PM:

    The UK Progressive has a really informative article about the US elections, since I have trouble with links, please take the time read it.

  • DRF on October 25, 2012 6:17 PM:

    I don't think that the Republican Party leadership was ever under any illusions as to what Mitt would have to do to win. It's long been known that a Republican candidate must run to the right in the primaries and to the center in the general election, that, at its core, the Republican Party is a minority party.

    Mitt's problem until recently was that there is a hardcore right wing portion of the party which is aligned with Rush, Hannity and the haters in the right wing media that weren't willing to do business as usual and allow Mitt to move left in the campaign. Every time he did so, they slapped him around and forced him to retreat. This was in part the result of this faction having ideological blinders on and in part the result of them simply not trusting Mitt.

    What's changed is that, when his campaign and poll numbers started to go into free fall, that faction agreed to let Mitt say what he had to say, in order to have a chance to win. There's no sudden realization that the Republican ideology is a loser; that's always been apparent to any intelligent observer. The Republicans have for years disguised the unpopularity of their positions; it's just gotten harder and harder for them to do so in the face of an enraged right wing.

  • Robert Waldmann on October 26, 2012 12:14 PM:

    Did "E.J. Dionne argue[] the Right ha[d] lost the election no matter what happens, since their own candidate has felt forced to distance himself from them." in 2000 too ?

    They've been running this scam since 1964