Political Animal


March 02, 2012 12:58 PM ***Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m in Georgia today, so I’ll join the EST crowd for lunch:

* At Salon, Tom Schaller notes how rapidly same-sex marriage has flipped from a conservative to a progressive wedge issue.

* TNR updates its carousel of hippie-baiting drawings on the cover of The Weekly Standard.

* Not looking too good for Dennis Kucinich on March 6.

* Breitbart death conspiracy theories abound.

* BYU professor’s comments on race revive unsettling debate among Mormons.

* Pollsters freaked out by threat of enforcement action against “push-polling” by NH Attorney General.

Back after a break.

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.


  • Daryl McCullough on March 02, 2012 1:14 PM:

    The Kucinich link is broken. It should be:

  • Anonymous on March 02, 2012 1:49 PM:

    F*** Dennis. He and his ego need to get lost.

  • cwolf on March 02, 2012 2:32 PM:

    * Breitbart death conspiracy theories abound.

    The mormons did it so they could baptize him.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on March 02, 2012 3:23 PM:

    Re: the BYU Mormon comments on race

    Black people are the cursed descendants of ancient Biblical figures... In his comments to the Post, Bott cited the Old Testament anti-heroes Cain and Canaan, whom Christians of many denominations long believed to be cursed for their ancient transgressions, marking their offspring with dark skin and casting them into perpetual servitude of the lighter skinned races.

    Wow, that rings familiar. Now where have I heard this before? Oh, I remember. I once asked my mother, a Southern (Free Will) Baptist, why we had kinky hair and dark skin, and that was her answer too... No, it made absolutely no sense to me even way back then (1990s), although I did find it a mildly hurtful thing to say.

    So sad. But then again it's not all that surprising how people use their religion to justify their own prejudices. La sigh...

  • Rich on March 02, 2012 3:54 PM:

    Kucinich's biggest and most militant fans don't know his political history or his utter failure as a legislator. Kaptur is a smart old school pol.

  • zandru on March 02, 2012 4:41 PM:

    Oh, No! Not Again!

    Oh, gawd. New Mexico is in the news again for something really stupid and political.

    In Albuquerque, a Republican smarta$$ filled out a voter registration form under the name of his black Lab, Buddy, then ran to the local teevie station to crow about it on camera.

    Further investigation showed that the man's wife is an operative with the Heather Wilson Senate campaign. Fade back to memories of Wilson's involvement in the firing of US Attorney David Iglasias for, among other things, failing to drum up any fake "voter fraud" cases.

    Yeah, let's start playing that old tune again. Just what the voters need to hear...