Political Animal


March 12, 2012 6:41 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Don’t know about you guys, but I’m still suffering from the early time change shift. So everything today ran late, including these final notes:

* WSJ features op-ed by Allysia Finley equating contraception coverage with free coffee and fitness club memberships. Prepare for her to become conservative martyr the minute she receives richly earned mockery.

* Obama uses NCAA bracket challenge to boost campaign contact lists. Can’t see GOPers quite matching that ploy.

* Republican-controlled Virginia can’t pass budget.

* List of we-won’t-sponsor-Rush companies reaches 141.

* Steve Kornacki disputes future meme that Romney nomination will prove Republicans have gone sane.

And in political sort-of-entertainment news: Anthea Butler notes that HBO’s Game Change somehow misses Sarah Palin’s Christian Right celebrity back when godless secularists had never heard of her.

I will continue to be all over tomorrow’s Super-South primaries.


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.


  • Tom Marney on March 12, 2012 11:47 PM:

    "...equating contraception coverage with free coffee and fitness club memberships."

    Experience shows that providing "free" contraceptives is cheaper than paying the costs of unwanted pregnancies. That's not why some people support the contraceptive mandate, but we need to repeat the cost factor often and well lest the body politic gets tricked into thinking that the contraceptives mandate is nothing but a government giveaway.