Political Animal


March 19, 2012 1:34 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Cold, windy morning here in central California. But I’m not about to complain. Here are some freezer treats:

* John McCain did not get the memo about GOPers winning contraception mandate battle after all.

* And in other RINO news, two polls show Richard Lugar with very small lead over fire-breathing opponent as May 8 primary approaches.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn provides helpful layman’s guide to three key constitutional issues facing Supremes in ObamaCare case.

* Eminence grise Sam Nunn says U.S. should not commit ground troops in any future conflict in an Islamic country.

* Rick Santorum gives Mitt Romney really, really bad report card on economic issues in odd Red State post.

And in non-political news:

* Half of NCAA Sweet Sixteen from three states: OH (4), NC (2), KY (2).

Back in 30 or so.

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 19, 2012 1:55 PM:

    On Wisconsin

    Has it yet been noted that the Evil Scott Walker, Republican governor of Wisconsin, has lost his Senate majority? One of his new tea-baggin' Republican Senators decided to call it quits when her name came up for the next round of recalls. Resigned on the spot, and now she's gone back to Wausau.

    This leaves the Wisconsin Senate evenly balanced between Dems and Reps, and committee assignments will be changing as a new power-sharing arrangement is worked out.

  • Rich on March 19, 2012 2:02 PM:

    I beginning to think the contraception battle is all about mobilizing men, esp. social conservatives and assuming the women folk will go along.

  • Ken D. on March 19, 2012 2:03 PM:

    And speaking of Wisconsin, the Sweet Sixteen includes as many WI as NC or KY.

  • AmusedOldVet on March 19, 2012 2:21 PM:

    And half of the Sweet 16 is from the Big Ten and Big Least and ZERO are from the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones. Did they not use to play competitive college basketball on the Left Coast?

  • Patrick star on March 19, 2012 5:00 PM:

    U of wisconsin and marquette u (milwaukee) makes 2 teams from the dairy state. Is there an anti-cheesehead bias on this blog?

  • IDTT on March 19, 2012 6:10 PM:

    North Carolina has 2 schools still playing.

  • Idtt on March 19, 2012 7:18 PM:

    NC was mentioned, my bad!