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November 12, 2012 5:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Wound up working reasonably hard today—but then again, I am not a veteran. Here are some remainders of the day:

* As Brother Benen notes, coal baron and maximum GOP backer Robert Murray of Ohio laying off workers out of post-election spite.

* The Hill’s Christian Heinze reports the vote in supposed 2012 bellwether counties, many of which are no longer bellwethers.

* New Yorker’s Jane Mayer explores political motives involved in unveiling of Petraeus scandal—which she doubts is a scandal at all.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack wonders if in all the Republican reconsideration of the 2012 campaign, any GOPer is going to regret voter suppression.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that pot legalization initiatives won’t have a very liberating effect on college students in the states involved.

* Passage of local ballot initiative in Los Angeles requiring porn actors to use condoms is roiling industry, which is threatening relocations.

And in non-political news:

* United Airlines offering turn-down service for first-class passengers on long-haul international flights.

Back tomorrow with full 12-post blogging service or the equivalent, regardless of your reader status.

Selah.

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.

Comments

  • Rich on November 12, 2012 5:54 PM:

    I grew-up in Lake County, Ohio and have friends/family there. It's not so much a "bellweather" as a mostly middle income mix of suburb and exurb that has been pretty evenly divided by party for several decades. It's also has gone back and forth in terms of affiliations of countywide officer holders with a tendency toward keeping incumbents around forever. It's more whte and unionized than the rest of the state but also includes some very conservative areas that mix rural roots and white flighters. In other words, it's not a microcosm of the State, nbut is a place you expect a close race to be even closer. The back and forth between 2008 and 2012 is basically margin of error.

  • buddy66 on November 12, 2012 6:29 PM:

    You mean we veterans aren't supposed to work today? Nobody ever told me that. Who do I bill for 50 years of back wages?

  • TCinLA on November 12, 2012 7:00 PM:

    Passage of local ballot initiative in Los Angeles requiring porn actors to use condoms is roiling industry, which is threatening relocations.

    As a resident of the San Fernando Valley, who voted for that initiative, allow me to suggest they move to Red Amderica, where all their fans are. Perhaps they should turn Virginia Beach into their new Hollywood, since they'd be nice and close to Pat Robertson and he could advise them on how not to be "boring."

  • Bobbi Bair on November 12, 2012 8:06 PM:

    Ed, please have your tech staff update your blog software so that readers of the blog can navigate forward or backward from any given blog post.

    Most every other blog that I read has adopted this standard for years. I see no reason why Political Animal should remain in the blog design backwater so far into the new millenium.

  • gus on November 12, 2012 9:03 PM:

    Rich,

    The word is spelled bellwether.

    It took me years of saying it and hearing it spoken to realize I goofed up when writing it.


    On a more important note, what is this “reader status” Kilgore is trouting about?

    Mag subscribers, newsletter getters, or is he just joshing with the signifier?

  • Anonpolitic on November 12, 2012 9:19 PM:

    I enjoyed Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer tonight with its sound analysis --and illuminati guest Robert Reich--whom I would like to see in the Obama Administration...with others likely gone--i.e.--Timothy Geithner--just imagining the change while staring down the reality: all this Patraeus INFORMATION FINDING IT'S WAY TO minimal guy Eric Cantor!!??......this is sensitive information--so I remain not persuaded--and IF MINOR PLAYER Cantor received such information... it needs an investigaton just for that.... PRIVILEGED information gets to **a partison Republican** as the president's election NIGHT is advanced??? I call Bull$hit on Republicans getting inside information--massive intelligence disclosure to random ineffectual Republicans needs a big time investigation on the facts. Perhaps Cantor should be impeached??
    me

  • Equal Opportunity Cynic on November 12, 2012 9:23 PM:

    I don't see the big deal about United's turn down service. Other flight attendants have been turning me down for years.

  • Anonpolitic on November 12, 2012 10:05 PM:

    ...thanks for posting my opinion on how upsetting it is that minor player partisan tea partier and anti-Obama candidate Republican Eric Cantor would receive an email from privilged investigative sources on the issue of General Patreus when Mr. Cantor --who is nothing if not nothing in the scheme of things-- and it reeks of Rovian politics indicting the general in his private life-- as well as an attempt to negate our democratically elected president on election night.

  • boatboy_srq on November 13, 2012 8:46 AM:

    As Brother Benen notes, coal baron and maximum GOP backer Robert Murray of Ohio laying off workers out of post-election spite.

    Add Darden and Yum Brands to the list of employers either laying off staff or altering working hours "because of Obamacare." I guess they like having poor, sick workers.

    And bonus raspberries to Papa John's, whose CEO is b####ing about how the cost of healthcare is adding 14¢ to the cost of each pizza, which will put Papa John's out of business - right on the heels of a "2 million free pizzas" promotion. Millions for defense, but not one penny for tribute.

  • Anonymous on November 13, 2012 11:32 AM:

    Passage of local ballot initiative in Los Angeles requiring porn actors to use condoms is roiling industry, which is threatening relocations.

    Hold off, TCinLA: VA went for Obama, so it's only fair that NC get first dibs on the migrating skin trade. After all, VA may have had Pat and Jerry, but we had Tammy Faye and Jim, plus Jack and Jill Pink Hair and Morris on the Insipid Network. Plus, it would give our newly righteous tea-drinking Governor and his back woods legislature something to try and legislate about. Hmmm ... criminalize porn, or offer incentives for the new jobs? Tough call.