Political Animal


November 05, 2012 6:20 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

So it’s time to rest up for a heavy 24 hours-plus, animals. Here’s what I’ve got in leftovers from today:

* Bill Keller travels to Paul Ryan’s alma mater in Ohio to gaze into the dark wellsprings of the Republican Id.

* La Pasionaria of the Permafrost makes her final push for Romney—on Facebook. Talk about typing it in!

* Dave Weigel has an early report on Tea Party plans to challenge voter qualifications in Pennsylvania and Florida. This will bear close watching tomorrow.

* At Ten Miles Square, WaMo interns Max Ehrenfreund and Do Hyun Kim have a three-part series (here, here and here) on the stakes in this election. It’s essential reading, especially if you are having trouble motivating yourself to vote.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer breaks down the differences between Obama and Romney on higher ed policy.

And in sorta non-political news:

* The dreaded post-Sandy nor’easter due to hit mid-Atlantic on Wednesday.

As you can imagine, we’re planning lots of fun for tomorrow, tomorrow night, and Wednesday here at PA. At some point in this span of time, we’ll have guest commentary from Kathleen Geier, Ryan Cooper, Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Rich Yeselson, and probably some other insightful folk. So keep us close at hand throughout the ordeal.


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.


  • g on November 05, 2012 7:43 PM:

    We know what we will get from a second Obama term because we’ve all endured his first term. We know how well he kept his 2008 campaign promises. Do we really believe he’ll keep his 2012 promises?”

    Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods doesn't make any sense. We "endured" his first term, meaning he did something that affected us. But he didn't keep his 2008 promises. But she didn't want the policies he promised. But, apparently he had enough an effect for her to "endure" them. So what the heck is she talking about?

  • Nancy Cadet on November 05, 2012 7:46 PM:

    Thanks. Looking forward to the commentary . Finally got power on the eastern end of Long Island. Curious to see how the polling station functions. We've got a close congressional race (CD1) between an incumbent Dem, a good guy , Tim Bishop, and a mini-Mitt: a carpetbagger, millionaire e outsourcer , Randy Altshuler. Lots of outside GOP money in the race, and nasty campaigning.

  • Mimikatz on November 05, 2012 8:07 PM:

    The idea that pasty-faced overweight 60-something's from the burbs are going into heavily black or Latino precincts to challenge voters is a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, their bark is going to far exceed their bite, however, so I expect them to fold pretty quickly if challenged.

  • joel hanes on November 05, 2012 8:33 PM:

    The alleged nor'easter link is actually a duplicate of the preceding higher ed policy link.

  • Terp on November 05, 2012 9:11 PM:

    Request: Please stop inviting Kathleen Geier. Thank you.

  • coralsea on November 05, 2012 9:24 PM:

    For the life of me I do not understand the individuals who have issues with Ms. Geier! I find her to be my favorite of your weekend duty-pullers.

  • nameless anonymity on November 06, 2012 6:05 AM:

    What a joke with the deceptions starting pretty early live at Democracy Plaza as MSNBC's outed Republican Willie Geist, pretend journalist admitted Republican Mark Halperin, and absolute Republican apologist Michael Steele open the "Way Too Early" program up early and ready to give their Republican spin just like Fox News.
    Halperin starts by saying today we'll get a new president. Yesterday he took part in laughing heartily with Republican interrupter in chief Joe Scarborough about the issue of voter suppression.

    And on comes Morning Joe program as I type this, ready with some heavy duty Republican spin....Republican Steve Schmidt, Scarbourough, Haloperin, Chuck Todd, Steele--ah, the b.s. for their Saint Romney begins.

    Hello Soledad O'Brien and Bill Press. Goodbye Morning Joe.

  • jhm on November 06, 2012 8:02 AM:

    That Keller piece scared the Bejeezus out of me; I knew from dingbat letter to the editor that GOPers were impervious to empirical reality (incidentally, the fact that these letter almost invariably deride their political opposites as being out of touch with the facts galls like nothing else); the knowledge that people like this guy are shaping young minds goes a long way toward explaining how we are where we are today.

    The passive-agressive tick endemic to her sex aside, I wish to join in supporting the regular appearance of Ms. Geier.

  • esaud on November 06, 2012 8:19 AM:

    Yes, that Keller op/ed was really scary, that someone with such a limited grasp of reality can get a position at a big public institution like Miami Ohio. I suspect that he did his yeoman's work to get tenure, then let his true colors show. His hatred of European style safety nets is really creepy. I wish Keller asked him what countries without safety nets he would care to live in. Perhaps Pinochet's Chile would suit him fine?

    Particularly revealing that he uses Krugman's book as a door stop. How childish. I wish Keller challenged him to actually explain what falsehoods he finds there.

    Also, he flunks halg of his students, giving another quarter or so D's. Again, I wish Keller challenged him to give copies of the failing essays for fact checking elsewhere.

  • James M on November 06, 2012 8:53 AM:

    In the same vein as the comments above,just a watched a Morning Joe clip where DAN RATHER (caps intentional) said that in his gut he thought it would be a good day for Romney. What he also said that really floored me was, "We have 2 good men running for President."

    Wow--what do you guys make of that?

    Anyway, if BO wins I will erect a shrine to Nate Silver....:)

  • yellowdog on November 06, 2012 9:46 AM:

    Perhaps Nate Silver will turn his talents after the election to compiling a scorecard for the pundit class. Just how often do the Halperins and Scarboroughs actually get it right? Just about every job comes with a performance evaluation at some point. Let's see if David Brooks and Peggy Noonan rise above C level. Perhaps Nate can get it done before they turn their prognostication-bloviation to the lame-duck session and the 'meaning' of the election results.

  • yellowdog on November 06, 2012 9:50 AM:

    Perhaps Nate Silver can turn his talents after the election to grading the pundit class. Just how often do they actually get it right? Most jobs come with a performance evaluation at some point. This seems like a good time to see if the Halperins, Noonans, and Borgers actually know what they are talking about. Do they rise above C level?
    Maybe he can do it before the pundits start opining on the meaning of the election and the significance of the lame-duck session.