Political Animal


November 09, 2012 1:45 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I really hope readers take the time to absorb the post by Rich Yeselson that went up during the last hour. Aside from offering an acute and historically grounded critique of the path of the GOP, it also gets into the plight of the Donkey Party looking forward to 2014, which is a topic I’ll also address later today.

In the meantime, here are some lunchables:

* Ah, Athens! Anti-science Science Committee member Rep. Paul Broun, Jr. (R-GA) is re-elected, but 4,000 write-in votes cast for Charles Darwin.

* The Bain Way: Romney staffers going home late in cabs on Election Night discovered campaign credit cards canceled.

* In other Election Night follies, conservatives going to town today about the apparent collapse of the Romney Campaign’s whiz-bang Project Orca technology.

* Steve King said to mull ‘14 race against Tom Harkin. Go for it, Steve!

* Nate Silver, taking a victory lap, suggests built-in structural advantage for Dems in Electoral College could require next two Republican candidates to win popular vote by 3%.

And in non-political news, which is making a comeback:

* NFL players vote Tim Tebow most overrated in league.

Back after some mid-day chores.

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 09, 2012 2:11 PM:

    "built-in structural advantage for Dems in Electoral College " agreed. As long as votes are counted in cities and Urban locales, Dems are going to have an advantage.
    The Electoral College is a hot topic now, since states with heavy minority populations have the most EC votes (what's the problem?)

    In my opinion it is RIDICULOUS for Idaho to have 2 Senators and California to have 2 Senators. That imbalance needs a look.

  • Perspecticus on November 09, 2012 2:45 PM:

    Ha ha, votes for Darwin. More better thank funny ha ha votes for Darwin would have been someone removing Broun from office.

    I'm wondering which held primacy in Romney's mind before his final appearance- writing the concession speech, or cancelling the credit cards?

    When you base a campaign on your own wonderfulness, new and unfailing technologies can be allowed to falter.

    Lastly, of course NFL players vote Tebow most overrated. Many NFL players actually play football at the professional level, and play it well. And many of those combined cannot generate the same amount of ink through the season that Tebow gets every morning on ESPN.

  • R on November 09, 2012 2:45 PM:

    Re Romney staffers' credit cards: tacky.

  • punaise on November 09, 2012 3:17 PM:

    Well, I guess we won't be seeing those 'Petraus for Prez' signs in 2016...

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