Political Animal


November 06, 2012 9:48 AM Election Day/Night at PA

By Ed Kilgore

I mentioned all this yesterday, but as a reminder: Political Animal will be providing pretty extensive election day, election night, and post-election coverage. Tonight, beginning at 6:00 PM EST, I’ll be live-blogging the returns, and will go as long as I can stay awake (this is one time it’s helpful to be on Pacific Time!). We’ll have meaty post-election analysis tomorrow (continuing for the rest of the week), which could begin tonight if the shape of things firms up early.

Several PA friends will be pitching in with posts today, tonight and tomorrow, including Kathleen Geier, Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Rich Yeselson, and WaMo’s own Ryan Cooper, and perhaps others. We know there are a lot of sources for news and analysis out there today, but hope you’ll treat this as your anchor in a crazy sea of data and words. And as always, please liberally use the comment threads to offer your own thoughts, reactions and vents, and to talk with each other.

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.


  • Ronald on November 06, 2012 9:59 AM:

    I've been coming to this site for a long while for great insight and analysis; certainly no reason to stop today (or tomorrow for that matter!)
    Thank you for all your very hard work, and for taking on the unenviable task of weeding through the swampland of MSM so we don't have to.
    Go Vote and Go Obama!

  • c u n d gulag on November 06, 2012 10:13 AM:

    I'll be watching the results tonight on MSNBC with my Obama-lovin' Mama.

    And, like Ronald said above, thank you, Ed, and WaMo, for all of your hard work.

    GO OBAMA!!!

  • Zinsky on November 06, 2012 10:20 AM:

    I agree with the earlier comment. This is a great political site and I appreciate the insights it provides. Ed has very ably replaced Kevin Drum and actually has a spine. Drum was bright and insightful, but also irritatingly wishy-washy. I look forward to your incisive commentary tonight and tomorrow.

  • T2 on November 06, 2012 10:39 AM:

    For anyone's interest, here's what I wrote 4 years ago today:

    November 4, 2008
    Today is election day. All polls show Barack Obama leading comfortably, and in some cases by wide margins. Early voting across the nation has broken all records and exit polls of these show a big Obama lead.
    George W. Bush, due to his record-breaking low approval, has been absent from his party’s campaign, reduced to a historical footnote. Republican John McCain has run what is widely perceived to be the most dishonorable and dishonest campaign in modern history, abetted by Karl Rove and Rove protégés. Rove will suffer his second abject defeat (06 elections being the first). He will go down in history not as the “genius” he’d have us believe, but a political dirty-trickster who used ballot box manipulation to scratch out two tainted wins, and little else. McCain has been exposed as a jerk and a liar.
    To my admitted surprise, America stands poised to elect an African-American president. I feel a bit of shame for underestimating my fellow citizens, on the other hand, it took eight years of absolutely shameful governance by Bush and the GOP to finally force the citizens to take a hard look at their plight and do something about it.

  • mudwall jackson on November 06, 2012 10:47 AM:

    been a fan of the washington monthly since the late '70s; been a fan of this site actually since before kevin drum became the first political animal. the quality of work done by kevin, steve and now ed keeps me coming back several times a day.

    may the force be with the good guys today ...

  • meady on November 06, 2012 1:15 PM:

    Where else would I look for cogent and intelligent thoughts and comments on this day. Heck I even follow Ed on Twitter.

    @T2 of the immense irony of the fact that you can replace John McCain with Mitt Romney and actually note that the only difference is that John McCain actually showed more character and from my view, was more trustworthy. McCain is still a lying sack of bitter and petty, but he's worth about a Mitt and a half...