Political Animal


March 23, 2012 1:58 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Lunch on the run today. Here’s some samples from the snack drawer:

* Geraldo Rivera’s comments on Trayvon Martin show why he’s a perfect match for Fox News.

* Santorum getting major blowback for his “might as well re-elect Obama” slam at Mitt. There goes that minor Cabinet post.

* Dahlia Lithwick skillfully discusses political pressures on Supremes in health reform case.

* Kuttner evaluates Obama’s surprise World Bank pick as rebuff to Larry Summers.

* Arlen Specter mischievously says he might vote for Romney in November, but: “I’m going to wait and see which Romney is is.” Badda-bing badda-boom.

* Luckovich weighs in on Trayvon Martin.

And in non-political news:

* Not only are Etch-a-Sketch stocks up: people want to buy ‘em!

Back in 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.


  • Matt on March 23, 2012 2:22 PM:

    Geraldo Rivera’s comments on Trayvon Martin show why he’s a perfect match for Fox News.

    Yes and no. The tone is pitch-perfect for Fox, of course. But Geraldo will always choose notoriety over ideology or any other consideration.

    The proof: Geraldo's son said he was "ashamed" of Geraldo for what he said. We know this because Geraldo tweeted it. Look at how controversial I am! No, seriously, please look at how controversial I am!

  • memekiller on March 23, 2012 2:24 PM:

    Not that anyone wants to notice - this hoodie thing has a symbolism beyond the facts at this point - but if Trayvon's girlfriend's account of the phone call is correct, Trayvon put the hoodie on AFTER some weirdo kept following him.
    (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-20/news/os-trayvon-martin-girlfriend-speaks-details-20120320_1_shooting-death-gated-attorneys )
    As great of a rallying visual as it is, the hoodie had nothing to do with it.

    As much as Geraldo wants to make it about the hoodie, Zimmerman was hunting Trayvon down before he put it on.

    It was not the hoodie, but something else about Martin that made Zimmerman suspicious.

  • Trinity on March 23, 2012 2:27 PM:

    Please Ed....please get his name correct. It is the very least he deserves.


    [It's fixed. Mod]

  • LAC on March 23, 2012 2:49 PM:

    Rivera makes you wish that Al Capone's empty vault caved in on him. Asshole...

  • impact on March 23, 2012 3:01 PM:

    ALEC, the NRA, and the Murder of Trayvon Martin--informative article is at buzzflash.com. Jeb Bush looks bad on this.

  • thebewilderness on March 23, 2012 3:08 PM:

    Short skirts cause rape and hoodies cause murders but guns don't cause anything. Victim blaming is getting a little threadbare among the general populace, I think.

  • Philip on March 23, 2012 3:09 PM:

    oh no!!!! Hoodying while black

  • dr. bloor on March 23, 2012 3:32 PM:

    Kuttner evaluates Obama’s surprise World Bank pick as rebuff to Larry Summers.

    Not so much a rebuff as a simple acknowledgment of reality. Even if Obama actually believed Summers was the best person for the job, he understood that the rest of world didn't share that delusion.

  • james on March 23, 2012 4:48 PM:

    Just wanted to say I still have my Etch-A-Sketch from the sixties. I am a man of principle. I did not abandon it just because new gadgets came along to distract me. Nor am I embracing it now solely because it is the popular thing to do. I stand firmly with the Etch-A-Sketch I learned to love so long ago.

  • karen on March 23, 2012 6:44 PM:

    People may be rushing out to buy an Etch-A-Sketch but if the reviews over at Amazon are anything to go by, they're going to be as disappointed in their difficulty erasing the past as Romney is going to be in the general election.