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November 01, 2012 1:44 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Had a fine breakfast of discounted Halloween cupcakes I picked up late last night, in a momentary failure of self-respect. So I’ll be eating lite for lunch, but you shouldn’t have to unless you raided your kids’ candy stash. Here are some news bites:

* Jennifer Rubin appears to be laboring under the delusion that the Benghazi story is front-and-center in the minds of undecided low-information voters. When you are a hammer….

* In a very different corner of WaPo, Greg Sargent mulls the damage Chris Christie is doing to Romney’s “closing argument.”

* Speaking of Mitt, he’s now done the full flip-flop, and is not only willing to maintain FEMA’s existence but promises he wouldn’t cut its funding.

* And also: TNR’s Alec MacGillis laments the media’s failure to get Romney to release tax returns or a list of his fundraising “bundlers.”

* The Grand Game-Changing Sex Scandal conservatives have been buzzing about turns out (a) not to be about Obama as many wingnuts were hoping and (b) involves flimsy evidence of hooker-hiring by Sen. Bob Menendez.

And in non-political news:

* 27 Air Force Academy cadets injured in “first snowfall” ritual brawl. Isn’t the regular physical training tough enough?

Back after I atone for cupcakes with a quick walk.

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.


  • BillFromPA on November 01, 2012 2:11 PM:

    Re: the Benghazi story, this is the only remaining 'safe' story Mittens can float. It's unlikely the actual perps of this attack will come foreward to declare whether it was carefully pre-planned or a response to a video, the 'fog of war' has scrambled the 'who knew what and when' question and frankly the fact that few non-Fox Americans know much and care less about it helps the story. Mittens can use this as a Shiny Object without fear of being contradicted as with the Chinese Jeeps thing. The repugs need something to throw against the wall, hoping it sticks and it helps if it doesn't splatter them in the process. Ya think this might just remind folks how Willard went off half-cocked before the bodies had even cooled?

  • T2 on November 01, 2012 2:14 PM:

    Christie's profuse praise of Obama certainly does nothing to help Romney, especially considering how quick the Media was to make a big deal out of it. It clearly removed any opportunity for the Romney forces to make political hay out of Obama's response to the storm.

    And yes, the failure of the Obama campaign to keep yelling about Romney's taxes is very curious. Harry Reid risked a large sum of political capitol with his accusations regarding Mitt's taxes and I don't think he got his money's worth out of the Obama campaign. It looked like a certain game-changing thing to me....but apparently not to them. That doesn't change the fact that Romney refused to release his taxes, and the reason isn't his pride. He has none of that. It has to be something more damaging. Guess we'll never know.

  • Lifelong Dem on November 01, 2012 2:30 PM:

    The actual scandal of the Menendez hooker story, as I read it, is that he paid $100 for a $500 hooker. What a cheapskate!

  • TCinLA on November 01, 2012 2:54 PM:

    I'm actually amazed Hair Farce Academy cadets can walk. They certainly can't do that and chew gum at the same time. They're a bunch of wingnut morons who think airplanes fly because angels hold up the wings.

  • merl on November 01, 2012 3:45 PM:

    Air Force people are coddled enough, they should be required to have brawl once a week. And the men are the only male service members who are allowed to carry umbrellas like sissies.

  • Anonymous on November 01, 2012 3:47 PM:

    Romney "promises he wouldn’t cut its [FEMA's] funding." Ed, could I interest you in a nice little bridge with a view of NYC?

    You're not usually so gullible. With Romney, you have to pay very close attention to the actual wording, or he'll lie to you without your even noticing it. What did he say? He said he would give FEMA the "necessary" funding . . .

    A wonderful construction, to be sure. Who's to say what's necessary? Enough to pay the utility bills, and keep the lights on, perhaps? If you think he just said he wouldn't "cut" FEMA's funding, you should never, ever, play poker, buy real estate, get a used car . . . . Well, you get the idea.

    I hope.

  • dweb on November 01, 2012 5:12 PM:

    La Rubin is obviously just reading from the latest GOP talking points and one of them reads Bengazi, Bengazi, Bengazi.

    Even during the heart of Sandy, anonymous Tweeters were filling the talk-stream with Bengazi messages. I open my paper this morning...a letter to the editor about Bengazi.

    It is one of the few things they think gives them traction and obviously the word has gone out to hammer it like mad from now to election day. Unfortunately for them, the effort has been blotted out by other news which seems to be more important to the general public.

  • golack on November 01, 2012 5:13 PM:

    thanks Anonymous...Mitt sure knows how to sound like he's saying something...

  • Joe Friday on November 01, 2012 6:58 PM:

    "Speaking of Mitt, he's now done the full flip-flop, and is not only willing to maintain FEMA's existence but promises he wouldn't cut its funding."

    Musta had his fingers crossed behind his back.