Political Animal


April 12, 2012 6:05 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry for doing two straight posts on the Christian Right and the Titanic, but sometimes these things just happen organically. Here are some final items du jour:

* Hilary Rosen apologizes to Ann Romney. Please, Lord, let it end!

* First federal anti-gay hate crime indictment issued, involving kidnapping and assault in Kentucky.

* Tim Noah busts New York Times for exclusivist use of term “Christian.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer foresees day when everybody who wants to go to law school gets admitted—or at least will pay lower tuitions.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein responds to Kevin Drum’s take on Rachel Maddow’s new book on war.

And in non-political news:

* It’s National Grilled Cheese Day!

Sounds like dinner to me. See you all tomorrow, when I hope the news will be saner.


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.


  • JW on April 12, 2012 6:26 PM:

    "And that's the way it is". Walter Cronkite

    "I hope the news will be saner tomorrow". Ed Kilgore

  • anon's honey on April 12, 2012 6:52 PM:

    National Grilled Cheese day--yummy. Here is a link I had previously saved:

    About the Hilary Rosen issue--IMHO, it was important that white house reps distance themselves from the comments, and for Hilary to explain more, since inartful sounding things happen with unscripted remarks.
    Meanwhile, the bigger issue is that the Romney camp did not know if candidate Romney supported the equal pay act signed by President Obama. That is shockingly unacceptable.
    And Hilary isn't running for office, but Romney is!
    I just don't see women fleeing from President Obama over the Hilary snafu-- we have republicans all over the nation interfering with women's health choices, mandating humiliating health procedures, that endless, prior talk of prohibiting contraception, so many really bad laws and severe budget cuts already enacted in republican-led states...with teachers and nurses fearing job security under extremist republican governors. And medical professionals favor the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which will in fact create jobs.
    Plus people with critical thinking skills have already heard that the Ryan/Romney budget targets major ruinous changes in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
    There is time for us to point out these facts, examine and publicize the budget that Romney has foolishly signed onto - it just seems like thinking people are not going to vote for draconian budget cuts and Romney's flip flop ways. Especially in a challenging economy with people already tapping into their IRA's and other retirement funds
    My fear is a stolen election.

    And lastly, I am stunned how both Sean Hannity and Bill O"Reilly are presenting themselves as unapologetic white supremacists and proud racists over justice for Trayvon.
    I hear talk in town where former viewers are fleeing Fox News in sympathy for Trayvon's family.

  • sysprog on April 12, 2012 6:53 PM:

    It will not stop. The Catholic League just tweeted (does anyone ELSE find that unseemly????) “Lesbian Dem Hilary Rosen tells Ann Romney she never worked a day in her life,” the Catholic League tweeted. “Unlike Rosen, who had to adopt kids, Ann raised 5 of her own.” Charming. It makes me happy ONE MORE TIME that I left the Church.

  • anon's honey on April 12, 2012 7:15 PM:

    I just think there is so much left yet to unravel from the hapless Mitt Ro-money-including his taxes and off-shore savings accounts/investments and all of his gaffes yet to come--- that this will run its course.
    And President Obama was consistent in saying he has a rule not to talk about spouses--he looked classy and loveable when he spoke today and addressed it.

    It is a big issue that Ro-money called Russia our number one foe. Talk about out of touch!

  • Neil Bates on April 12, 2012 8:41 PM:

    About Hilary Rosen: If Rosen had said (or did she?) that Ms. Romney never *had* to work a day in her life instead of the pointless "never did", then that would have been a valid "technical" point ... (presume it's accurate, I mean: that is the valid question to raise, the ability to empathize and relate from privilege instead of whether she did or not as such.) Yet still, let's leave spouses alone.

  • Joe Friday on April 12, 2012 9:54 PM:

    Rosen should have concentrated on Ann Romney's statement that:

    "I Don't Consider Myself Wealthy"

  • citizen_pain on April 12, 2012 10:10 PM:

    When is that judge from Montana or Wyoming who sent out a graphical joke equating President Obama's mother to a dog going to publicly apologize?

    This is acceptable, but a hard working woman who calls a rich privileged socialite what she is has to apologize?

  • anon's honey on April 12, 2012 10:17 PM:

    "Never worked a day in her life" was the quote.

    Might as well have been "let's get the fight started" for how it has unfortunately come across.
    I would love to defend Hilary although it's an unadept and non-masterly way of making her rather accurate point which was that Mitt Romney was relying on women talking to his wife about their economic worries--but his wife is actually not a financially struggling woman who could likely feel empathy with and have direct rapport with a random financially struggling woman or a guilty feeling or worrying working mother she meets out on the campaign trail.
    Worlds apart, driving two or more cadillacs, an elevator for cars to come up...zillion dollar homes...no rat race of a job with a boss or day care cost worries, or too much month at the end of the money, ten thousand dollar bets, $375,000 isn't much scratch for speeches that year, dressage horses to ride, etc., etc.

    I think it should be put to rest. It is getting a bit moldly now with the how dare you unpleasantries from the right wingers.
    See, it is just as inartful as I try to explain it.

    The fact is that Romney's policies of the Ryan budget hurt mothers and working families more than this phony debate.

    Didn't Axelrod weigh it best--Hilary is CNN's employee. She is not the Obama campaign's employee.

  • anon's honey on April 12, 2012 10:21 PM:

    I agree with citizen-pain too, which I just read now after posting before. Excellent contrast to make.

  • gus on April 12, 2012 11:45 PM:

    Phyllys Schalfy has been saying crap for years and is she called out on it?

    No. In fact, she’s often celebrated by conservatives and republicans* for vocally and adamantly trying to pull back women’s rights.

    What this is as An Issue is an attempt at diffusing the Perception of Romney and the republican party’s weakness with women’s issues. At best, it is politics like this which will make politicians shut up about women’s issues that make the Democrats and Obama look good.

    All Obama has to do is ask what the GOP does for women and what do they do. When one bellys up to the table and says what they will do, expect the usual litany of anti-women/ pro-business/ pro-male BS, thinly veiled as Family Values.

    *not always the same thing

  • The Oracle on April 12, 2012 11:48 PM:

    To following is to address some Republicans disrespecting and stereotyping American women:

    Democratic Party campaign ad based on Ann Romney's response to Hilary Rosen's comment:

    Ann Romney: "we need to respect choices that women make."

    President Obama: " I agree."
    Michelle Obama: "I agree."
    College-age female holding school books: "I agree."
    A woman playing golf at a country club: "I agree."
    A woman walking into Planned Parenthood clinic: "I agree."
    Rachel Maddow: "I agree."
    A woman in her doctor's office: "I agree."
    Married woman holding baby, standing by husband, with other children: "I agree."
    A lesbian married couple, arms linked, saying in unison: "I agree."
    A white-haired grandmotherly woman: "I agree."
    A female U.S. Marine in uniform: "I agree."
    Hilary Clinton: "I agree."
    A female labor union worker wearing hardhat: "I agree."
    A female teacher: "I agree."
    A female rock star or movie star: "I agree."

    President Obama again: "I agree, we do need to respect choices that women make."

    (any number of ads based on this theme could be produced, with any number of people saying "I agree" to Ann Romney saying "we need to respect choices that women make." This could even be made into a You Tube video. It'd probably go viral)

    And each Democratic Party campaign ad could end with:

    "Vote for Democratic Party candidate ………., so that we can all be certain that the choices made by all American women will be respected and not legislated away by Republicans."

  • Danp on April 13, 2012 5:15 AM:

    @anon's honey - I think you're leaving out an important part of the context. Mitt has a "war on women" problem, so he brings out his wife, who says she knows what women want. They want a good economy with jobs. Rosen's point is that Ann Romney doesn't have the life experience to "know" how working women feel. If she did, she might be in favor of equal pay, insurance coverage for birth control, etc. I suspect Ann Romney is thinking primarily about those women who rely on their stock portfolios to keep them afloat. The "with jobs" nonsense is just a talking point added to the end of an incomplete thought.

  • anon's honey on April 13, 2012 7:24 AM:

    I agree it is political manipulation by Mitt Romney, Danp. Yep. I see your point as well.
    Probably very little truth in it all as well the way he lies despite quickly available fact-checks.
    And now that the President, Vice President and their wives are providing their income taxes online back to the year 2000, it will be interesting to watch the Ro-money camp squirm on that one, given his 1% life and how he freaked out when asked to provide more tax information to the public as his father had done in the past in terms of honest disclosure.

  • Crissa on April 13, 2012 8:29 AM:

    Grilled cheese - simple is best. Cheddar on sourdough... I've figured out how to grill it on just a tablespoon of ghee. Nummy.

  • T2 on April 13, 2012 9:23 AM:

    anything the Republican's can grab to take attention away from their policies is fair game. Rosen chose her words clumsily and fell into the trap. Then the Media fell into the bigger trap of letting the GOP tie Rosen to Obama, when in fact she's tied to the Media. Just typical Rovian politics, and we'll see plenty of it because the last thing Romney wants to do is talk about....well, anything.

  • jjm on April 13, 2012 10:44 AM:

    Rosen did not utter one untrue word. Why is the press yelling it's a victory for the GOP re women??? Romney brought her into the campaign saying she was his ambassador with women, and Rosen questioned how she could be, given she doesn't have life experience parallel to those she is supposed to be reaching out to.