Political Animal


November 02, 2012 1:22 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Spending lots of time thinking about Election Night plan and beyond. Thanks to those who made suggestions in the thread yesterday.

It’s an oddly slow political news day so far, but here are some morsels:

* Nate Silver explains why calling the race a “tossup” isn’t accurate.

* Nate Cohn warns that Election Night popular vote totals will be misleadingly pro-Romney.

* New York Times’ Jeremy Peters discusses Romney campaign’s late push in Pennsylvania. Someone on Twitter—can’t find it now—called it an “onside kick.”

* The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson explains why new jobs report a sign of genuine recovery.

* Latest Cook Political Report ratings downgrade ceiling of likely Dem House gains from 15 to 10.

And in non-political news:

* iPad mini draws mixed reviews.

Back after a quick brunch of flotsam and jetsam.

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.


  • T2 on November 02, 2012 2:30 PM:

    STOP the friggin' presses - Mitt Romney has told the truth. Romney explained today that a second Obama term would face the same staunch Republican roadblock as the first, beginning with another Debt Ceiling showdown to shut the government and more fiscal hostage-taking.
    Note to Mitt: we knew that.

  • jjm on November 02, 2012 2:34 PM:

    Anyone find it shocking to the point of being criminal for Mitt to say in his 'closing argument' that you'd better vote for him or the House GOP will sabotage the economy???

    Doesn't this border on very real treason?


  • T2 on November 02, 2012 2:37 PM:

    Cohn's article is worth a read. He really doesn't mention it, but the scenario he outlines would play very nicely into the hands of 1) GOP cheating OR 2)Supreme Court intervention. Or both.

  • Nancy Cadet on November 02, 2012 3:27 PM:

    Re "onside kick "

    Chris Hayes in an interview on WNYC radio's Lenny Lopate show this afternoon used the phrase "onside kick." so maybe he also Tweeted that. Hayes and Lopate were discussing the pre election punditry, and genuine electoral issues.

  • howie on November 02, 2012 3:31 PM:

    Gee, Ed, that NYT article didn't make PA sound like an onside kick. It made PA sound like a certain Romney win.

  • berttheclock on November 02, 2012 4:20 PM:

    Now, I can full appreciate the positions of the entire Molinari family of Staten Island and their US Rep Michael Grimm (R), who have been yelling for years that people need less government trying to take their hard earned taxes.