Political Animal


February 01, 2012 5:44 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

A take-out tray of brain food for your evening:

* Michele Bachmann hotly denied she was endorsing Romney. Guess Mitt went racing up to Minnesota to get in some shopping at the Mall of the Americas with his new Secret Service detail.

* Ezra Klein asks troubling questions about the real unemployment rate.

* Anna Clark has more on the Komen Foundation’s cave-in to anti-choicers.

* Jonathan Bernstein exposes hackery of those who oppose Buffet Rule on grounds they are waiting for “comprehensive” tax reform.

* Jamelle Bouie has scary thought: Barack Obama appointed his bitter primary rival Secretary of State. Would Mitt Romney do the same with Newt “Winston” Gingrich? Nooooo!

* Ari Berman notes 43% of Obama re-elect money raised in 2011 came from donations under $200. Romney’s percentage? Just under 9%. And I can remember when GOP candidates dominated in small donors.

* And off the politics beat: Economy isn’t only place rich keep getting richer. On College Football’s National Signing Day, the runaway leader was the University of Alabama.

Tomorrow I plan to explore Sen. Marco Rubio’s bill to create a “conscience exception” to rules requiring contraception coverage so large you could drive a Popemobile through it, and perhaps get into the early GOP Veepstakes speculation.


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.


  • Mitt's Magic Underwear on February 01, 2012 6:05 PM:

    Romney/Rubio. No question at all.

  • Texas Aggie on February 01, 2012 6:07 PM:

    So who are the people supporting the Komen Foundation and how do we put pressure on them?

  • Danp on February 01, 2012 6:17 PM:

    So isn't donating $200 to Romney's campaign kind of like tipping Arod for signing your baseball?

  • thebewilderness on February 01, 2012 6:39 PM:

    The my religious views of women trump the Constitution act of 2012. The he-man-woman-haters-club just can't stop themselves, can they.

  • Kevin Drum on February 01, 2012 6:53 PM:

    Alabama? Please. A 3.77 average. USC is the runaway quality winner at 4.02. Too bad about those sanctions, though.

  • bob h on February 01, 2012 7:32 PM:

    Romney has the example of his Father's self-destruction from one unfortunate word, "brainwashed". Yet every day with his careless mouth he courts the same fate.

  • j on February 01, 2012 7:47 PM:

    Texas Aggie
    I just emailed the Komen foundation and said I and my family/friends would no longer consider a donation to them, I would send any donations to planned parenthood instead.
    I also said that it was a disgrace to stop screenings for poor women for political reasons.
    Please do the same, we need to make a point!

  • Joe Friday on February 01, 2012 7:56 PM:

    "Anna Clark has more on the Komen Foundation's cave-in to anti-choicers."

    I've always preferred the 'Breast Cancer Research Foundation' anyway. Not to mention their spokesperson, Elizabeth Hurley, is HOT.

  • waddanut on February 01, 2012 8:17 PM:

    How can the TeaTards support Rubio for VP?

    According to the birthers Obama couldn't be eligible to be president because his father wasn't an American citizen.

    Both of Rubio's parents were Cubans who had emigrated to the United States in 1956 and were later naturalized as U.S. citizens in 1975 five years after he was born..

    Oh sorry, Rubio isn't black.

  • Joe Friday on February 01, 2012 8:24 PM:

    Willard attempted to salvage his horrific statements in regards to the American Poor by claiming he would "correct" "any holes in the safety net", but that is belied by his campaign agenda to block-grant both Medicaid and Food Stamps back to the states, which is exactly what Gingrich tried to do in the '90s, and which President Clinton vetoed twice, causing Newty & The Blowhards to shut down the federal government twice.

  • ena on February 01, 2012 8:44 PM:

    How do the percentages of donations under $200 break out if you count number of donations rather than total dollars? A few giant donations could totally dominate the percentages.

  • exlibra on February 01, 2012 9:41 PM:

    How long is "in moderation" quarantine at the Political Animal? I tried to post a comment (on the Komen story) and was informed it was awaiting moderation. It is still awaiting moderation, more than half an hour later. I suspect that the unusual response to my comment was triggered by too many URLs (two from Think Progress and one from The Maddow Blog). So... how many links is too many?

  • Skip on February 01, 2012 10:13 PM:

    Whenever something is "hotly denied", I usually suspect the opposite. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?* Does Michelle Bachmann Dream of Electric Mittens.

    *Phillip K. Dick

  • schtick on February 01, 2012 10:32 PM:

    From the blogs I've read, the website for Komen and the FB page for Komen, they are getting bombed about people no longer donationing to them and instead giving directly to PP. You hire politicians to be at the helm and politics will come into play. It's biting them in the ass and I think it may well leave a scar.

  • schtick on February 01, 2012 10:34 PM:

    bah. I'm getting tired. "donating"

  • Patrick Star on February 01, 2012 10:38 PM:

    I'm looking forward to the USC - Alabama national championship game next year - lets see Alabama defend a REAL qb (Matt Barkley) and a coach/offensive coordinator with NFL experience (Kiffin), who knows how to exploit a defense, with the best receivers in the country.

  • The Oracle on February 01, 2012 11:09 PM:

    Cancervative Republicans are out to destroy America, and cancervative Republicans like Mitt Romney, and those running Komen, really just don't give a damn about the poor, since the poor, like those who go to Planned Parenthood for their health needs, aren't big donors to the cancervative Republican Party.

    Or should that be Republicancervative, one word?

    Hmm, I think I'll tweet this from now on in describing Republican Cancervatives. For some reason, Republican and Cancer go together, just like cancer and conservative fit together, destroying, mestacizing, killing, and apparently no amount of democratic chemotherapy will ever rid our society of Cancervative Republicans, giving our nation a clean bill of health.

  • Fess on February 02, 2012 1:50 AM:

    Now it comes out that Komen is heavily involved in lobbying Congress for and against various health issues. Surprisingly, they seem opposed to issues that are intended to help women with breast cancer. Odd. Has anyone checked their status with the IRS? Are their lobbying activities consistent with their non-profit status or have they strayed?

  • bob h on February 02, 2012 8:00 AM:

    Both Obama and Gingrich will find this headline from Bloomberg helpful. Do you really want it known that Goldman Sachs is backing you over Obama?


  • R on February 02, 2012 8:21 AM:

    Same question as exlibra -- are links the issue, or is it Komen? Short version: there are a lot of things wrong with Komen besides their decision to leave women who depend on Planned Parenthood for basic health care in the lurch.
    Bad science, unsporting behavior, overly compensated executives...