Political Animal


April 09, 2012 6:14 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Is a week without a Republican presidential primary a week without a Romney gaffe? We’ll see. In the meantime, some leftovers from the day’s virtual clips:

* Wisconsin Republican state senator defends repeal of equal pay laws on grounds that “money is more important to men” than to women.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer draws attention to Chicago State University’s unprecedented demand that faculty and staff secure prior approval for all public communications, including use of social media.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack deplores Paul Ryan’s efforts to depict his shredding of the social safety net as the next phase of welfare reform.

* Shape-shifting alert: Mitt Romney to address NRA later this week.

* American Crossroads Super-PAC about to initiate what will likely be a $200 million barrage of anti-Obama ads.

And in non-political news:

* Georgia Bulldogs celebrate Bubba Watson Masters win.

Time to compensate for late-night pondering of latest Mad Men episode. See you early tomorrow.


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.


  • Joe Friday on April 09, 2012 7:10 PM:

    "Wisconsin Republican state senator defends repeal of equal pay laws on grounds that 'money is more important to men' than to women."

    Neanderthals still walk amongst us.

  • SYSPROG on April 09, 2012 8:26 PM:

    Oh sure...you had to just 'throw' in that little snippet about the moron from Wisconsin!!! Way to get me FURIOUS as I 'prepare the evening meal' and 'take care of my children'....

  • Objective Dem on April 09, 2012 8:32 PM:

    I enjoy your writing but have a minor complaint. You are including a sports reference on your evening sign-outs. I get really tired of how sports have taken over our society. In my opinion it is truly the circus part of "bread and circuses" designed to turn attention away from real issues for "games." Is it really necessary in a world where the front pages of our papers and e-journalism features sports to include it in your nightly sign off.

    The flip side is I actually enjoy your religious viewpoint and would much rather see a religious or philosophical idea of the day. Our society talks about religion but seldom features real thoughts on it.

  • JM917 on April 09, 2012 10:02 PM:

    @ Objective Dem: I agree.

  • Still Fighting the Same Ole Battles on April 10, 2012 8:18 AM:

    “money is more important to men”

    Maybe they should repeal child support laws too. Wouldn't want men "wasting" their precious lucre on anything women use their earnings for, like children. Oh, and to REALLY save money for men, make tittie bars and beer free! That will give some real depth to the FAMILY VALUES party.

  • Skip on April 10, 2012 8:56 AM:

    American Crossroads ads, great. More ugly in our airwaves. The past three or four years have been a barrage of anti-Obama ads. It's never stopped, it's not been effectively countered, it has worked. Obama has fought back from recession, he's killed Bin Laden, but how the hell's he gonna fight Stupid on a national scale, Stupid that is led by Malice?

    Here in Alabama I am required to listen to people without a clue other than what they digested off TV, that bastion of truth, denounce Obama as if he is the monster the right has continually made him out to be. They don't need American Crossroads ads to get them to skip to the voting booth and try to put more Stupid into the White House when the entire planet hasn't yet recovered from the last Stupid in our White House.

    And the rest of us get dragged along behind Stupid because apparently Thinkers have been rendered powerless, relegated to the Climate Change dumpster along with science, evolution, women's rights, black males ability to buy Skittles without dying, equal pay for equal work, and all the other civilized progressions we've sweated and died for over the years.

    Where is the leadership for Thinkers, now when Stupid is winning over this nation. Why is no one willing to stand up and marshal the Other People, people who struggle daily to avoid the mental glue of Stupid, those of us who want more than an empty Barney suit leading this nation in 2013? Obama can't do it alone, and he can't win against this mudslide of Stupid if he doesn't get the help of We Who Know Better.

    Welcome to Mitt Oblivion...

  • bob h on April 10, 2012 9:33 AM:

    About Karl Rove's American Crossroads planning to expend $200 million in anti-Obama ads to cover for the Romney campaign. Why shouldn't American Crossroads and Rove himself become campaign issues? Rove equates to George W. in most American's minds, and counter-ads showing his porcine countenance, and those of the Koch brothers and other unappetizing billionaires who are trying to buy the election would make a nice riposte.