Political Animal


November 14, 2012 5:35 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

A real cats-and-dogs day for bloggers. And the random news continues:

* Louie Gohmert does it again: nominates Newt Gingrich to become Speaker in closed House GOP Caucus vote.

* Fed signals post-Operation Twist bond-buying program, citing need for growth boost.

* In call to donors, Mitt Romney blames defeat on Obama’s “gifts” to targeted constituencies. Ugh.

* Anti-austerity strikes and protests sweep across Europe.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides offers nifty chart on state divergences from the national swing between 2008 and 2012 presidential percentages. Turns out Alaska had the largest pro-Obama swing. Who knew?

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses American Council on Education’s pilot project to determine whether free online courses might merit academic credit.

And in non-political news:

* Channing Tatum named People’s 2012 “Sexiest Man Alive.” Never heard of him.

Back tomorrow with, I profoundly hope, more news. And if that fails, I’m ready to start writing about upcoming “struggle for the soul” of the Donkey Party.


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.


  • Daddy Love on November 14, 2012 6:09 PM:

    Isn't Nate Silver the “Sexiest Man Alive?"

  • dalloway on November 14, 2012 6:09 PM:

    Re: Obama's "gifts" to target voters. It's called serving your constituents, the folks who elected you. Mittens and the Repubicans, by contrast, serve their donors. Big, BIG difference.

  • Hue and Cry on November 14, 2012 7:04 PM:

    Channing Tatum was in the movie "The Vow" with Rachel McAdams. I couldn't decide if he was drop-dead gorgeous or not. Not sure he is sexiest alive?

    I agree that Nate Silver is the sexiest man alive--good call Daddio.

    Funny all that sour grapes stuff from Republicans like the Mittster--a commenter somewhere said Mitt was called Mitt because he was a puppet...

    I saw Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster, who had those targeted Republican voters on stage where he made sure they despised the Democrat--anyway, Luntz was on Fox News saying how terrible Fox was to deceive voters with flawed polls, that they owed voters an apology--and I was thinking he would have made Orwell proud.

    I posted on a right wing site and they stuck it to me--crowded up my sentences to make me look like a third grader. Ha ha.

  • howard on November 14, 2012 7:21 PM:

    i have been trying to imagine what those "gifts" were, and the only one i can truly think of is the affordable care act, which was hardly targeted uniquely to young and minority constituencies.

    what am i forgetting?

  • anongal on November 14, 2012 7:34 PM:

    Cell phones to the poor was something republicans whined about.
    Meanwhile we've had a cellphone recycling effort in my state for the elderly and the poor that has gone on for numerous years. Nothing to see, Mitt-- move on...
    I suspect Romney is referring to food stamps and unemployment benefits as free stuff. Although he would have no clue as to citizens being desperate or poor.
    He didn't even know that a chocolate confection was a mere donut, or that boxed cookies from a bakery that the lady purchased weren't junk items from the local 7/11.
    He was so out of touch any subsequent statements from him should be ignored.
    I will never forget how absurdly unmasculine and brow-beaten he looked holding on and riding on the back of the jet ski with Ann driving it with her amazon arms. I don't know--maybe that sounds mean, but it was how it hit me. And im a girl

  • Perspecticus on November 14, 2012 8:01 PM:

    "In call to donors, Mitt Romney blames defeat on Obama’s “gifts” to targeted constituencies. Ugh."

    2 to 1 it works. 3 to 1 at worst.

  • JR on November 14, 2012 8:25 PM:

  • exlibra on November 14, 2012 10:02 PM:

    howard, @7:21PM,

    According to the Talking Points Memo, those "gifts" included:

    Benefits such as access to “free health care,” guaranteed contraceptive coverage, more affordable student loans, and “amnesty for children of illegals,” all combined to give the president a decisive edge in popularity.

    I was glad to see quote marks around the "free health care". Free??? How very mooching of us... If it were up to him, we'd be paying taxes for every breath we're allowed to take.

    Tee hee. Craptcha is in its finest form: "seen ctifede". Yes, we've all seen those citified centipedes lining up to vote against the Koch-roaches and their representative, R-money.

  • Joe Friday on November 14, 2012 10:56 PM:

    "In call to donors, Mitt Romney blames defeat on Obama’s 'gifts' to targeted constituencies."

    Uh, it was Willard that was promising "free stuff".

    * FIVE TRILLION DOLLARS of unpaid for tax cuts that would overwhelmingly benefit the Rich & Corporate.

    * TWO TRILLION DOLLARS of unpaid for additional spending on defense which would benefit the Military Industrial Complex.

    * ONE TRILLION DOLLARS of an unpaid for extension of the Chimpy Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    That's EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS of unpaid for free stuff promised by Ryan/Romney.

  • Ben on November 14, 2012 11:47 PM:

    Ed: Aren't you from Georgia? Channing Tatum is from Cullman, Alabama. I take it you haven't seen "Magic Mike," "21 Jump Street," or "The Eagle?"

  • jjm on November 15, 2012 4:20 AM:

    Mitt was that disgusting cockroach we heard on the 47% tape. He meant every word he said then, and still believes it.

    If we never hear another word from him it will be too soon.

    We dodged a major bullet!

  • dissertations on November 15, 2012 6:34 AM:

    I have never read one of such articles before!

  • MuddyLee on November 15, 2012 7:35 AM:

    Republican gifts to wealthy republican donors:

    supreme court interference in bush v gore 2000
    iraq war and related military contracting
    bush tax cuts (there was a fed budget surplus crisis)
    special tax treatment of investment income
    federally subsidized flood insurance for vacation homes

    citizens united ruling from repub supreme court brings on unlimited political spending to benefit repub media owners

    tampa repub convention helps tampa socialites learn how to throw parties for tampa military brass - just kidding, they already knew how to do this (capcha "securities")

  • T2 on November 15, 2012 9:54 AM:

    Mitt simply revealing himself to be exactly what we knew he was. JERK

  • Don on November 15, 2012 10:17 AM:

    If you've really "never heard of" Channing Tatum then you're living under a rock. Seriously dude, that doesn't mean you're above it all, you're just telling the world you're completely out of the loop.

  • R. Ray on November 15, 2012 1:43 PM:

    To counter both Romney and Bill O'Reilly, the millionaires and billionaires who funded Romney's campaign also want "stuff." They want to have their tax rates lowered even further, they wanted a continuation of the baseless policy of taxing capital at a significantly lower rate than labor, big oil and agribusiness want to continue receiving government subsidies. Big coal wants environmental regulations to go away. They did not give Romney huge sums of money because they are good Americans. They expected "stuff" in return.

  • Also out of the loop on November 15, 2012 3:39 PM:

    Channing Tatum is a dude?