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February 27, 2012 6:20 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

So tomorrow we begin the festive countdown to Super Tuesday. But in the meantime:

* Continuing an old tradition in Michigan, primary day arrives on the wings of alarums about mischievous crossover voting.

* NY Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long says it won’t matter if Roe v. Wade is overturned because states already control abortion policy. Long, an attorney, must have missed those Con Law classes where the Supremacy Clause and Marbury v. Madison were discussed.

* In other Senate campaign news, Bob Kerrey reportedly could still get into race to succeed Ben Nelson.

* Tabloids will love burgeoning psychodrama involving CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer and his wife, Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer. Parental warning on this one, folks.

* In Alabama, a state already requiring ultrasounds before abortions, a GOP legislator (guess which gender) wants to give physicians power to compel transvaginal ultrasound.

* Homebrewer reports on beer-only fast for Lent.

After a frustrating day of laptop and browser problems, I’m ready to go read a book. But I’ll be chained to the keyboard early tomorrow.


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.


  • FriscoSF on February 27, 2012 7:12 PM:

    Keeping up with the Lockyears
    aka Bill and Nadia take Alameda County

    Another example of nepotism gone wrong
    It's unclear what Nadia's qualifications were for Alameda County Supervisor....
    Other than her open marriage to a political insider

    maybe she'll marry a basketball player

  • zandru on February 27, 2012 7:19 PM:

    What, nothing yet about the latest from Sunland Park, NM, where as you may recall, the mayor admitted to signing millions of dollars of contracts while drunk, and stepped down. Well, the story continues as election day approaches and the Acting Mayor (who's a candidate) and City Manager collude to take out another contender for the mayorship by setting him up with a lap dancer, making a video, and threatening to release it if he doesn't drop out of the race.

    Because the candidate said Go right ahead, and called the police, it's in the news. (sigh! New Mexico - so far from God and so close to Texas...)

  • Joe Friday on February 27, 2012 8:27 PM:

    "Continuing an old tradition in Michigan, primary day arrives on the wings of alarms about mischievous crossover voting."

    One can only hope.

  • cwolf on February 27, 2012 11:29 PM:

    For today's end & night watch I submit the following from the BBC:

    Janet Napolitano insists Mexico drug war not a failure. ...She said the US would persevere in the search for Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, Mexico's most wanted drug dealer.

    ??? UH, Janet dear,,, If we Get Shorty (um) can we then say we won & drop the sickeningly deadly and immoral game called the Drug War

  • Tired Liberal on February 28, 2012 8:48 AM:

    How little the national leaders who are trying to entice Bob Kerrey to run really understand Nebraska. No Democrat can be elected without Republican votes in a state with such lopsided voter registration. The Nebraska recruited to run, Bob Hasebrook, is solidly liberal but also known and respected for his work with the Center for Rural Affairs and its efforts to promote sustainable grown in the state. In other words, he stands a chance of being elected.