Democratic Panic Watch: D.C.

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Oct. 4 2012 1:41 PM

Democratic Panic Watch: D.C.

It's nice to get e-mail alerts from groups that don't have to vet statements with top campaign staff. Today, it's a missive from DC for Obama, asking for volunteers to campaign in Virginia.

If you watched last night's debate, you probably came away thinking at least two things; 1) Mitt Romney is really good at lying about his positions and his policies 2) We have a lot of work to do to win this election in November.
We can't count on the debates to reveal the real Mitt Romney. We need to go down to Virginia to talk with voters one-on-one about what's at stake in this election. We are the messengers. So please commit today to canvassing as much as you can between now and election day.

No spin there. The trick for Democrats, who are not used to explaining away a blown debate performance, is keeping their base as active as the newly re-energized Republicans. In 2004, when George W. Bush lost debates to John Kerry, the campaign was quick to try and get media focused on Kerry's "gaffes," like saying American military action should be subjected to a "global test" of acquiring allies, or pointing out that Dick Cheney's daughter Mary was gay. Obama didn't really put a foot wrong last night. But that was because he never quite found the stage.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.