Political Animal


March 14, 2012 1:24 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m a bit foggy from late-night election-watching, tweeting, and column-writing, but still in the kitchen for some mid-day treats:

* In the wee hours TNR published my column on what happened in Alabama and Mississippi, and why it matters, if anyone is interested.

* Erick Erickson says he had written a post suggesting conservatives unite behind Romney that he would have published this morning if things had turned out differently last night. But never mind!

* POTUS gives his new basketball buddy David Cameron a fancy “made in the USA” grill, and his kids got personalized bean bag chairs featuring the presidential seal. Can’t buy those at Harrods!

* Arizona GOPers pushing their own state-level Baby Blunt Amendment, featuring requirement that women who need pill for non-reproductive reasons have to reveal medical records.

* Maureen Dowd & Halperin/Heilemann all start Hillary ‘16 talk. And people wonder why it’s called “the permanent campaign.”

And in non-political news:

* Move over, Kardashians: E! network to air reality show featuring Clint Eastwood and family.

Back after some chores.

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.


  • zandru on March 14, 2012 1:41 PM:

    Signs of the Upcoming Apocalypse

    Clint Eastwood and his family have agreed to star in a reality show.

  • Ken on March 14, 2012 1:48 PM:

    Erickson demonstrates the difference between a leader and opinion shaper, and one of those guys in the middle of the mob saying "me too, me too".

  • Anonymous At Work on March 14, 2012 1:55 PM:

    Okay, I love Clint Eastwood's films, when he's both in front and behind the camera, with some exceptions, but Eastwood as a person has had a...colorful...past and wouldn't be a good role model to put on the air, unlike, Tebow-above help me, Ozzie...

  • T2 on March 14, 2012 2:05 PM:

    good to know Erick Erickson is now running the Republican Party.

  • Ron Byers on March 14, 2012 2:35 PM:

    Hillary in 16? Already? Really?

  • AfGuy on March 14, 2012 2:37 PM:

    For the love of all that's good and decent... can SOMEONE get the Karsashians off of the air-ways... and figure out a way to KEEP THEM OFF?

    Talk about someone whose "sell-by" date is LOOOOONNNGGG past...

  • elisabeth on March 14, 2012 4:10 PM:

    I wonder why Clint Eastwood is doing this -- surely he doesn't need the money? He has never seemed to me to be a person who wanted to be followed around by cameras day in day out... Could it be a hoax? Or some sort of meta-fiction, a kind of film he wants to make?

  • Doug on March 14, 2012 7:31 PM:

    HRC in 2016? I'd definitely vote for her, but I understood she was planning on retiring from political life after 2013?
    As for the grill given to PM Cameron, I hope it's not dependent on charcoal for cooking...