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November 02, 2012 5:53 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Hard to believe The Big Day is so near. I usually try to ignore politics altogether on weekends, and will definitely make an effort to recharge batteries tomorrow and Sunday. But can’t just shut down the computer tonight: what if the final Gallup Tracking Poll comes out?

Here’s what’s left from today’s news and gab:

* The pundit who lives in a house with no mirrors, Peggy Noonan, accuses Obama and his New York supporters of egocentrism.

* Past admirers of Michael Barone should probably avoid reading this phoned-in prediction column, which includes a yawning effort at expert-talk in support of the spin.

* For better brain food, read Rick Perlstein’s fascinating explanation of the overlap of right-wing political and commercial marketing.

* Per TPM’s Brian Beutler, Harry Reid laughs and laughs at idea Mitt Romney can convince Senate Dems to “work with him” on his right-wing agenda.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports Bill Clinton’s very direct appeal to college students to vote for Obama on the school loan issue alone.

And in non-political news:

* Even people who don’t care about college football should check out Brian Cook’s hilarious “This Week in Schadenfreude” sampling of posts from very disappointed fans.

Weekend blogging, which should be very lively at this ultimate pre-election juncture, will be in the capable hands of Kathleen Geier (who will also be making some PA appearances around Election Day, along with some other special guests). Do check in often.

Information, Sleater-Kinney tell us, is the best real entertainment.


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.


  • danimal on November 02, 2012 6:25 PM:

    I was going to take some shots at Peggy Noonan's latest idiocy, but then I realized, "There are smart, effective ways to oppose Obama, and then there's this." It's got to be deflating to be a conservative and have Peggy fricking Noonan speak for you.

    Really, Peggy. You are useless and delusional in your writings these days. Which is why I encourage you to keep on writing.

    Too bad the egotistical, tin-eared disaster of a president (who was unable to stop the rising of the oceans!) is headed for four more years of Noonan tut-tutting while serving as POTUS.

  • R on November 02, 2012 6:34 PM:

    I'm with danimal. It was bad enough when Noonan was an apologist for Reagan (you know, when the Republican Party changed its feeble mind on the Equal Rights Amendment). What kind of woman not only votes Republican but carries water for the party? Delusional is putting it nicely.

  • Nick on November 02, 2012 7:55 PM:

    I went and did it -- clicked on the Noonan column. Where to even begin ... the stimulus 'coursed through without effect.' Okay. The ACA caused 'fear' avbout 'loss of autonomy.' How, again? And oh yeah: among 'independents and elderly Democrats.' Yes, the Tea Party was jut chock full of those.

    This inebriated fool should go back to imagining the magic dolphins ferrying Elian Gonzalez to 'freedom.'

  • Keith M Ellis on November 02, 2012 8:44 PM:

    I'm amused because I feel certain that in your audience are sure to be some folk who've seen Portlandia but had no idea that Carrie Brownstein was in Sleater-Kinney.

  • skippy on November 02, 2012 9:56 PM:

    actually, sleater-kinney themselves are (were) the best real entertainment.

  • burro on November 02, 2012 10:33 PM:

    "For better brain food, read Rick Perlstein’s fascinating explanation of the overlap of right-wing political and commercial marketing."

    Excellent recommendation. Perstein ties up the lies, and the cons and the cash nicely and draws the unavoidable line to FUBARRomney as having become a world class liar in order to be accepted as a member in the club he craves to be part of.

  • Anonymous on November 03, 2012 12:31 AM:

    Noonan's column was ridiculous but far more entertaining were the comments. In between the name-calling and insults hurled at Obama with either lies or no facts to back them up were a few well-reasoned arguments against Noonan's column, which of course were "rebutted" by insults hurled at that poster. And so it is with comments just about everywhere. The rightwingers can only insult and mumble lies, while the vast majority of those on the left use reason, facts, and argue their points well.

    Even more entertaining was visiting the RNC Facebook page today (don't ask why I went there). But suffice it to say, progressives/liberals have infiltrated the page, adding their comments and in general asking the Repubs to reconsider the facts and the truth about Romney. In fact, I was surprised at the sheer number of anti-Romney comments. Those were of course answered with insults and name-calling or other empty platitudes.

  • tom rogers on November 03, 2012 6:56 AM:

    I enjoyed Rick Perlstein's article, but I'd already inadvertently discovered the same thing that he did, when I decided last year that I'd pay more attention to Conservative websites and pundits, just to force myself to see things from their angle, and perhaps find things I'd have to admit were good ideas that Progressives might want to look into more closely. Instead, I received so much email scams and "never before heard cancer-cures" that I had to curtail their admittance. Instead, I started getting pleas to subscribe to a list of pundits and "experts" whose names conveniently were shuffled and then sold again under another website's aegis.

    I really tried to keep an open mind, but I am forced to admit that not one of those websites gave me any indication that we could find common ground. It did help me to see when some Liberal websites were verging into the same territory, and I excised them from my reading list as well.

  • Helen Bedd on November 03, 2012 8:33 AM:

    for barone's real prediction column you need to go [if you're brave or need a laugh] to the washington examiner where he writes that rmoney will win 315 [!!]ec votes

  • Robert Miller on November 03, 2012 8:55 AM:

    The Barone bullet links to the Noonan column.

  • zandru on November 03, 2012 12:56 PM:

    "For better brain food, read Rick Perlstein's fascinating explanation of the overlap of right-wing political and commercial marketing."

    Will do! I would further recommend checking out Reed Richardson's post on Altercation regarding the incompetence of Today's Political Reporters in doing the one thing they've fixated upon, horserace reporting, at


    It seems that quantitative skills are going to be a requirement in the 21st century. Who knew?