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November 01, 2012 6:02 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

It was an entertaining day in politics, what with everybody on every side loosening the purse strings on final ad buys and making all those “final arguments,” not to mention obsessing about polls that will very soon be as relevant as those sad, day-after posters and signs. Here’s what I got in the way of late news and views:

* In another sign of “Moderate Mitt” not making the sale with high-information “centrist” types, The Economist endorses Obama as “the devil we know.” As I often say about voting, the enthusiasm with which one pulls the lever does not add or subtract from its ultimate value.

* Politico’s David Rogers profiles Nebraska Senate race, where Bob Kerrey’s making it interesting via batch of endorsements from former GOP senators.

* In a WaMo web exclusive, Colin Woodward looks at the heavily pro-Romney tendencies of southern white folks—and the potential impact on the popular vote for president—with a very practiced eye. I’ll have more to say about this piece tomorrow.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides marshals evidence that Mitt Romney’s lodestone is his party.

* At College Guide, Michael Kinsley critiques the critique of affirmative action being influentially offered by Stuart Taylor and Richard Sander.

And in non-political news:

* New nor’easter could threaten New England, possibly as early as Election Day.

So tomorrow morning at 8:30 EDT sharp, we’ll get the final Monthly Jobs Report of the presidential cycle. The spinning will be simply insane, despite evidence the few undecided voters left probably won’t notice or particularly care. I’ll be up and around in the West Coast darkness to watch it all and report.


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.


  • John Dillinger on November 01, 2012 9:01 PM:

    Yo Ed, I think you mean "millstone," not "lodestone."

  • burro on November 01, 2012 9:37 PM:

    Kind of surprising that The Economist endorsed Obama. The sense I've gotten has been a definite leaning toward FUBARRomney, or at least the "conservative" side of things, for some months.

    Guess they finally had to admit that FUBARRomney would just make a really crappy president.

  • Patrick Star on November 01, 2012 10:48 PM:

    So, is Bob Kerrey angling to become the second coming of Ben Nelson, that other DINO from Nebraska?

  • James E. Powell on November 02, 2012 2:19 AM:

    @Patrick Star

    Kerrey will be much worse than Nelson. Nelson was primarily concerned with Nelson, Nebraska, and his campaign contributors, in that order. Other than presidents who needed his vote, nobody outside Nebraska really cared what Nelson thought or said.

    Kerrey is a favorite of the Village Austerians. He will be on the Sunday talk shows all the time. And 90% of the time it will be to criticize the president or Democrats for failing to do whatever he thinks they should do. He is an enemy of social security and Medicare.

    Truth? I'd prefer a Republican there to a Democrat who harms other Democrats.

  • castanea on November 02, 2012 8:14 AM:

    "I'd prefer a Republican there to a Democrat who harms other Democrats."

    More self-destruction and self-sabotage from an apparent liberal. That's the same sort of anti-"blue dog" Democrat attitude that flourished in the first two years after the 2008 election.

    It's a perfect Rovian argument.