Political Animal


October 31, 2012 1:54 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Just taped an interview with NPR’s Julie Rovner on the relatively high visibility of the abortion issue in this campaign; unclear when or on what show it will appear, but if you hear my cracker accent on your car radio over the next few days, don’t be surprised.

Here are some lunch-time goodies:

* Iowa’s Steve King, that font of sensivity and good taste, warns post-Sandy aid should be closely monitored to ensure it doesn’t go for “Gucci bags and massage parlors.”

* So far, “Brownie” about the only major GOPer criticizing Obama administration response to Sandy.

* Gallup tracking poll remains suspended; final Q-Polls show Obama up 5 in Ohio; 2 in Virginia; 1 in Florida.

* BLS announces October Jobs Report will come out Friday morning as scheduled.

* Rick Hasen argues that Sandy should spur Congress to wake up and begin regulating disaster-delayed elections.

And in non-political news:

* March of the Mouse: Disney to buy Lucasfilm Ltd. (with rights to Star Wars franchise) for 4 billion smackers.

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.


  • Dannyboy on October 31, 2012 2:08 PM:

    King may be a fount of stupidity, but an appropriate font for him is Comic Sans.

  • T2 on October 31, 2012 2:10 PM:

    Good to see the Market behaving itself today....I had my worries.

  • Ron Byers on October 31, 2012 2:23 PM:

    Watch for big change in the Gallup likely voter polls when they come back. They have to get into line with everybody else and their own registered voter polls if they want any cred after this election cycle. Rassmussen is already moving.

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2012 2:32 PM:

    So the big final push starts on Friday for Romney, accd to WaPo, will be in Boner's hometown, and the "luminaries" in attendance will include:

    "McCain and his wife, Cindy; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback; Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Marco Rubio (Fla.), John Thune (S.D.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.); former senator Norm Coleman (Minn.); former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani; former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah); former congressman Artur Davis (Ala.); Olympic champion speed skater Derek Parra; Olympic champion figure skater Scott Hamilton; champion golfer Jack Nicklaus; as well as Tagg and Jen Romney, Matt and Laurie Romney, Josh Romney, Ben Romney and Craig and Mary Romney."

    Ok, some of these are in office. But Grumpy McGrump? Rudy G? Rick ah what was the other one Perry? Tom Ridge? Norm F***ing Colman? Nothing says excitement like Reince Priebus.

    Seems pretty lame to me.

  • TCinLA on October 31, 2012 2:37 PM:

    March of the Mouse: Disney to buy Lucasfilm Ltd. (with rights to Star Wars franchise) for 4 billion smackers.

    Given that everything Lucas has done since "The Empire Strikes Back" is down at the Mauschwitz level of moron stupidity and talentlessness, this seems appropriate.

  • MuddyLee on October 31, 2012 2:38 PM:

    Hope Stephen King is as worried about Mitt's "Mormon Church Trust Tax Dodge" as he is about how the disaster relief checks will be spent. I am sure he is worried about republican owned rental properties and vacation homes in the disaster areas.

  • Decatur Dem on October 31, 2012 2:38 PM:

    In what alternate reality is the disgraced former Arabian Horse's Ass, Brownie, a "major GOPer"?
    According to Captcha, it's all "acclamations" for Obama.

  • Mudge on October 31, 2012 3:32 PM:

    I guess the purchase of LucasFilms confirms that businesses have piles of cash ($4bn)lying around that aren't being invested in recovery.

    And what if you lost your Gucci bag in the flood? But we know who King is talking about.

  • schtick on October 31, 2012 3:39 PM:

    Who is going to believe anything coming from Brownie? Seriously. About all he can say of any disaster is "Don't do as I did."

  • yellowdog on November 01, 2012 1:19 AM:

    Brownie is probably in line to get the FEMA job back in a Romney administration.

    Really - no one in the Bush years would be disqualified from new duty in a Romney tenure--not Brown, not Scooter Libby, not Alberto Gonzales, not John Ashcroft, not even George W. Bush himself. What non-Bushies would be in line for Cabinet jobs and major appointments? Consider the heavy-hitters, 'serious' folk in the GOP today: Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, John Sununu, Phil Gramm, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Bob McDonnell, Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, Sarah Palin. Not a lineup to inspire confidence.