Political Animal


November 05, 2012 1:33 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

A very quiet pre-election day here in Central California, particularly if you don’t watch the tube and get bombarded by the final ballot initiative ads. Yeah, there are some hot congressional and legislative races in the general vicinity, and close local races everywhere, but with well over half the votes cast by mail, it’s more like Oregon and Washington here than, say, Virginia. But there’s plenty of national political news and even more talk. Here’s a sample:

* If you missed NPR’s Morning Edition today, you missed hearing my pithy thoughts on the unprecedented visibility of abortion politics in this presidential contest.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman analyzes the Romney campaign’s potentially fatal mistake in turning a gaffe into a lie on Jeep-Jobs-To-China.

* Paul Ryan forgets he’s supposed to be “bipartisan;” engages in a bit of holy war in speech to Ralph Reed’s group.

* Steve Schmidt admits voter fraud largely a myth, solidifying his devil status among Tea Folk after his earlier smears of Our Sarah.

* Republicans hitting the refresh button constantly on Gallup site in hopes that its final tracking poll will reignite Mitt-mentum.

And in non-political news:

* Perfidious Albion: new study shows that Britain has at one point or another invaded 90% of the nations on the earth.

I’ll be back shortly, but if you’re antsy, check out this video of early voting lines in Columbus, Ohio, yesterday—the early voting day Jon Husted fought so hard to keep from happening. Truth be told, it reminds me of the lines to get into Invesco Field for Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech, give or take a few metal detectors.

UPDATE: Gallup’s final tracking poll (a 7-day average, or maybe it’s 4 days this time; hard to tell) narrows Mitt’s lead among LVs to one point (49/48), and boosts Obama’s lead among RVs to three points (49/46). Gallup’s analysis to come later; I’ll probably post on that.

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.


  • Tramey on November 05, 2012 2:04 PM:

    I heard you on NPR. I'm now living in Kentucky and I hear southern accents way heavier than yours. In truth, I could barely hear it. Were you holding back for the radio?

  • schtick on November 05, 2012 2:49 PM:

    I like Steve Schmidt. It's a breath of fresh air to have an opposition party member you can actually listen to without all the garbage thrown in and have a discussion with. He's a republican, but he doesn't like the underhanded things they are doing. I imagine they will kick him out of the party for being honest.
    Too bad MSNBC doesn't wake up and dump Michael Steele. All he does is talk over people and repeat the same ol, same ol lies. What a bore he is. I either turn the channel or do some housework while he's on.
    Britain better watch out. The teapubs in our country are working hard to beat their record.

  • A Lifted Eyebrow on November 05, 2012 3:37 PM:

    Next election we should be down to one voting booth per county, between the hours of 2 and 4...am, and you must come bearing 2 forms of picture ID, 4 corroberating witnesses to your proclaimed residence, and your W-2's going back as far as the presidents...Obama's, not Romney's.

  • Daniel Kim on November 05, 2012 3:43 PM:

    I'm starting to recognize that I am hitting this site too often. It's kind of a sickness . . .


  • Dave Lister on November 05, 2012 4:00 PM:

    Something for u to share . Don't know where to vote? Google "where do I vote and enter your address.


  • charlie don't surf on November 05, 2012 5:31 PM:

    Oh holy crap. I can't believe that Columbus, OH video. There must be 2000 people in that line. I work on a precinct on election day that does about 2000 people in the whole day. In my state, nobody is allowed to campaign within 300 feet of the voting site. Nobody ever anticipated that lines would go way beyond 300 feet, and in this video, voters are harangued multiple times while in line, I saw one group of anti-abortion activists showing huge photos of bloody fetuses to voters. This is goddam sickening.

    After this year's voter suppression efforts, we need a new national standard to prevent State officials from interfering with voting. The people in this video wanted to vote. I wonder how many of them were able to vote. In my precinct, on election day, and in our early voting sites, if you wait more than 15 minutes, it is considered an emergency and we have to fix it. Videos showing voting sites like this are an emergency and we have to fix it.