Political Animal


March 13, 2012 1:39 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m running late today, probably because I waded into the deep waters of southern culture in my last post. So here are some quick bites right from the pantry:

* If you want to watch grownups make very big mountains out of tiny molehills, check out the tortured attempts of conservative bloggers to turn some desultory Pew findings on social media “blocking” habits to indict liberals for intolerance.

* On a similar note, if liberals are trying to rationalize a couple of bad polls for Obama, conservatives are determined to show they are the final, definitive truth. Might as well just call off the elections, eh?

* Santorum takes quick advantage of attack by Bill Maher. I’m guessing Maher must owe him a favor.

* In other Santorum news, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he voted for Rick today, but that it should not be construed as an “endorsement.” Thanks a lot, Guv.

* Mike Huckabee about to compete head-to-head with Rush in new syndicated radio show.

And on the non-political front:

* Jon Hamm disses Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.

Back to blogging shortly.

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.


  • mudwall jackson on March 13, 2012 2:16 PM:

    "All of a sudden, if you're instilling faith and teaching them about God in your home, you're a Madrassa, according to these folks, as if reason doesn't take place in these homes," Santorum said.

    i understand madrassa has a certain implication to our ears, but in arabic it simply means school, whether religious or secular.

  • This Guy on March 13, 2012 2:46 PM:

    If you want to watch grownups make very big mountains out of tiny molehills, check out the tortured attempts of conservative bloggers to turn some desultory Pew findings on social media “blocking” habits to indict liberals for intolerance.


    If you don't believe it try posting a comment at Media Matters.

  • ceilidth on March 13, 2012 2:58 PM:

    Yeah, right. The reason I block people's comments is that they "share" stuff that is demonstrably untrue, bigoted, and misogynistic and that will make it difficult for me to speak to them civilly in the future. And unfortunately, some of those people share some nonpolitical activities with me.

  • meady on March 13, 2012 4:00 PM:

    But Santorum on Monday, pointing to the uproar over Rush Limbaugh's comments last month against a law student who advocated for contraception coverage, said Maher's remarks were an "absolute double standard" from the left.

    For the record, I do think that Maher is a misogynist and have thought so for many years, long before the latest Rush Limbaugh assault on women. That being said, in this case I don't think double standard means what Santorum thinks it means. An "absolute double standard" implies that Maher tried to obfuscate the religious home school question completely and tried to act as if the issue was about something else besides religious home schooling. Also, he would have called Santorum's wife a slut and accused her wanting the government to pay for her to have sex and then asked for the video tapes to be posted online. There are no absolutes here except that this is an absolute dodge of his lack of leadership in response to the entire Rush Limbaugh situation and an absolute attempt to stoke the flames of Islamophobia...Oh Bill Maher used an Arabic word to describe religion-based home schooling. See he's just as bad as Rush.

  • artsmith on March 13, 2012 4:01 PM:

    Piggie-backing on Mudwalls's comment above, it's also eminently clear that Mittens also went to another madrassa, BYU. I realize that hijacking the language is an Orwellian newspeak kinda thing, but let's take a closer look at who's doing it.

  • Bruce K on March 13, 2012 5:03 PM:

    It's pretty telling all around that Santorum considers "madrassa" to be the equivalent of "slut". Besides, the Wikipedia definition of madrassa says it just means school, and adds this: "Depending on the educational demands, some madrasahs also offer additional advanced courses in Arabic literature, English and other foreign languages, as well as science and world history." I'm guessing Santorum's home schooling isn't so much about science, not to mention foreign languages (the horror!), so maybe his home doesn't even rise to the educational level of a madrassa.

    By the way, to the extent that some madrassas teach violent jihad, that's obviously bad.

  • Six on March 14, 2012 3:31 AM:

    It's interesting about the social media blocking thing. I think I know what's going on there. Arguably, conservatives tend to post things that are wildly more offensive than liberals' posts. I'm sure there are a lot of exceptions, but from what I've observed over the last twenty years, what passes for humor and/or deep conservative thought tends to come down to insults and cruelty.

    For example, I've removed two people from my facebook friends list. One said that all Democrats were "s--t-sucking communists". The other said that all liberals were essentially nazis and doing the same things that Hitler did. Surprise, surprise, I'm not going to be tolerant of cheap insults.

    On the other hand, I've been removed from someone's friends list for posting relatively innocuous links to Political Animal entries, or politely insisting on factual statements.