Political Animal


March 20, 2012 6:23 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Well, hope the green eye-shades among you have enjoyed Ryan Budget Release Day and all the numbers and charts. Federal budget battles are indeed the show that never ends.

Here are a few leftovers from the day’s events and analysis:

* Today’s WaPo has a long, interesting article on changing perspectives about productivity and the decline of U.S. manufacturing. If it sounds familiar to you, it may be because you read it first in the Monthly in Michael Mandel’s Jan/Feb article on “The Myth of American Productivity.”

* Molly Ball details the inteptitude of Rick Santorum’s Illinois campaign.

* CNN breaks down the mechanics of Illinois voting and delegate selection.

* Jon Cohn notes ABA survey of “veteran observers” on likely outcome of ObamaCare case in Supreme Court: 85% predict the law will be upheld as constitutional.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes with satisfaction that the number of Americans taking the LSAT exam for admission to law school is dropping steadily.

* WI GOP Senate candidate Mark Neumann learns that when using a pig as a prop in a campaign appearance, the pig may have the final word.

And in non-political news:

* WaPo provides gallery of photos of cherry blossoms, which are now in glorious bloom.

Tonight the votes are counted in Illinois. My analysis will be featured early tomorrow, unless Santorum and Gingrich drop out and Mitt books a flight to Tampa, in which case I’ll post tonight.


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.


  • Anonymous on March 20, 2012 9:35 PM:

    ď...the inteptitude of Rick Santorumís Illinois campaign.Ē

    Havenít read the article. Just wanted to add that his campaign screwed up with Pennsylvania, too. His home state. The one he served as Junior Senator.

    It has to do with registering for the primary and involves counties where he isnít on the ballot or something. Whatever they did wrong, it just goes to show how screwed his campaign is and how unlikely it is for him to actually do much more than he already has to gain the nomination.

    It might be that Santorum follows the others before him in this GOP nomination race and screws up and fades away.

    The luck of R-Money continues.

  • anon-y-mouse on March 21, 2012 1:12 AM:

    It is positively Orwellian watching Santorum seeming to offer a victory speech after the Ro-money win in Illinois. Such a strangeness, this delusional tenacity in telling his supporters to saddle up, he's looking forward to a five week campaign.
    And Ro-money obsessively misrepresenting President Obama's character and record. Rather godless of him to lie like that.
    All of it is so repellent.
    This on top of the unchristian-like attempt to dismantle the promise of medicare to feed the rich yet more-- courtesy of the megalomania of a Scott Walker clone Paul Ryan.