Political Animal


October 03, 2012 4:13 PM Pre-Debate Hiatus

By Ed Kilgore

As indicated earlier, I’m taking a break from blogging until around 8:30 PM EDT, when I’ll begin live-blogging the first presidential debate (which formally begins at 9:00). One of my colleagues may put up a post in the meantime, but in any event, please come back this evening for some debating fun. Since research indicates post-debate media coverage has a bigger impact than the content of debates themselves, it will be most interesting to see what happens in the spin rooms and beyond.

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.


  • Hedda Peraz on October 03, 2012 4:38 PM:

    There's nobody here! I guess they're all over at http://wonkette.com/ , getting the pre-drinking game drinking game started.

  • Hue an Cry on October 03, 2012 5:31 PM:

    I spent time blogging locally here to get the dem word out. Felt pretty successful with my day's work.

    I would be soaked, soused and ruined with Ro-money's sourest notes if I had a drinking game to do!!
    I think he might be a nervous wreck trying too hard--any time I stuck to a memorized script in a talk, I did not fare as well. Too much intellectualizing and not responding to the here and now.
    Watching him all year doing his somersaults and repeated inversions on his ever-changeable views makes me sure he will ~~capsize~~ big time tonight. HA HA--always the english major....
    Looking forward to debates.

    Go President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#1

    Obama/Biden 2012
    Save Medicare
    Vote Democrat

  • cwolf on October 03, 2012 6:10 PM:

    Talk about Train Wrecks,,,
    Romney's campaign is completely off the rails now:

    But Romney got virtually no sleep Monday night, an aide said, blaming a freight train that passed through a grade crossing near the hotel and blew it horn roughly every hour all through the night. The candidate's sleep deprivation so worried his staff that the campaign looked into switching hotels. The logistics were ultimately too tough, the aide said, and there was concern about how it would look.

    Of course everyone over at KOS is laughing their asses off this lameness, and so am I.

    Buzzfeed has it too.

  • Hue ane Cry on October 03, 2012 6:16 PM:

    Love the post, cwolf--

    I was thinking karma's a beeoyatch and he would be at least ruined by nerves and intimidation. Sleep deprived--didn't Rick Perry pull that stunt--ha ha

    Will the real mitt romney please stand up...


  • Hue and Cry on October 03, 2012 6:19 PM:

  • cwolf on October 03, 2012 6:37 PM:

    @ Hue and Cry on October 03, 2012 6:19 PM:

    It works real good!
    I don't do rap (or any of its derivatives),
    but I'll make an exception for this one.

    Y don't U make a Ballad or Motown number for us old folks

  • Anonymous on October 03, 2012 6:47 PM:

    Huntsman says if Romney loses election, Republican party will be like Yougoslavia when the soviet Union was dissolved.
    Leaderless, fragmented, stuff like that.

    He says they'll need to "...get real".