Political Animal


March 16, 2012 1:22 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Again, I know I am competing with March Madness, but if you are taking a lunch break or are hoop-o-phobic to begin with, here are some mental snacks:

* Three members of Congress and several prominent civil rights leaders arrested for protesting at Sudanese embassy. You may not know that, but I bet you know George Clooney was also cuffed. His, dad, too.

* Shocker: Catholic bishops played role in pressure campaign to get Komen Foundation to break with Planned Parenthood.

* Another shocker: GOP freshmen rub elbows with donors at Key Largo resort.

* So is it godless liberal media that are drawing attention to Santorum’s social-issues emphasis? No, it’s Daily Caller pointing out his pledge to wage war on internet porn.

* Orrin Hatch did very well in first stage of Utah state caucuses, in good shape for nominating convention.

* In judicial appeal against DOJ denial of preclearance of state voter ID law, Texas calling for judges to strike down entire preclearance process as unconstitutional.

And in non-political news:

* Jury deadlocked in “Desperate Housewives” case.

Back in just a bit.

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.


  • schtick on March 16, 2012 1:35 PM:

    I'm getting sick of these Catholic pedophiles supporting/demanding laws against women. Especially when nothing has been said about all this shit while state laws have already been mandated months ago. Catholic bishops and the tealiban. That says it all. Sexual handicapped freaks running the show. Do as I say, not as I do.

  • Daddy Love on March 16, 2012 1:53 PM:

    Conservatives have been aching for a chance to challenge Voting Rights Act preclearance. Now, in this time of extreme conservative pushback against the 20th century, it's not at all surprising to see them in court doing this.

  • Ron Byers on March 16, 2012 1:57 PM:

    Big news out of Wisconsin. One of the Republican State Senators subject to recall has resigned. The Republican State Senate is now 16/16 with no way to break a tie.

  • zandru on March 16, 2012 2:18 PM:

    Bravo to CBS! If you can recall back a few months ;-) CBS's 60 Minutes was the program which broke the Congressional insider trading scam - and as a result, legislation against the practice was at last passed.

    Perhaps they can gin up some outrage against the teabaggin' Republican wingnuts and their hypocrisy. Or at least demonstrate who these oafs really represent.

    Ron Byers, thanks for the great news out of Wisconsin! It just shows: never poke a badger with a stick.

  • Ken on March 16, 2012 2:20 PM:

    Texas calling for judges to strike down entire preclearance process as unconstitutional.

    "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government..." US Constitution, Article IV, Section 4.

  • Kevin (not the famous one) on March 16, 2012 3:51 PM:

    Thanks RB for that good news.

    Shocker: Catholic bishops ...

    When will these fish heads stop diddling with everything within their grasp. Sure, we know you can buy a politician but the overreach is appalling.

  • KazooGuy on March 16, 2012 4:29 PM:

    Time for the Roman Catholic Church to lose its tax-exempt status.