Political Animal


April 26, 2012 6:01 PM Day’s End and Nightwatch

By Ed Kilgore

There wasn’t a lot of what you’d call hard news today, but there was plenty to talk about. Here are some leftovers:

* Senate passes Violence Against Women Act renewal, with some concessions from Democrats. Now the Republican-controlled House, where violence is popular and women not so popular, must figure out what to do.

* Krugman savages FT editorial defending British austerity measures. He’s really on fire this week.

* Mark Blumenthal unveils cool new HuffPost interactive map on state-by-state presidential polling results.

* More Romney campaign thundering about Russkie threat. I’m confused; I though we were supposed to be worrying about ChiComs.

* Very strange Karl Rove column confessing he opposed Cheney Veep nomination, but now realizes he was dead wrong! What’s next? Admitting he should have never pushed for immigration reform?

And in non-political news:

* Survey reveals best seat on a plane is 6A; worst is 31E. I’m assuming this excludes first class; I hear rumors those seats are really nice.

Battling another deadline, but will be back early tomorrow. I hope Paul Ryan can go a day without enraging me with some fresh horror of a pronouncement.


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 April 26, 2012 6:25 PM:

    Now if HuffPo could only hire people that passed basic English in high school and possibly wrote for the high school blab for a little journalism experience, they might be worth reading.

  • T-Rex on April 26, 2012 7:25 PM:

    That column by Rove is really rich, not only for his confession that he didn't realize that Cheney was actually evil enough -- er, cough, qualified enough -- for the job but for a couple of other displays of chutzpah as well. How like him to take a jab at Obama for going to Hawai'i to visit his dying grandmother without first consulting a crystal ball to see that Russia was about to invade Georgia. This from the adoring acolyte/eminence grise of the president who spent more days on vacation than any other in history. And then there's that account of how he had to give Bush his report on why Cheney's nomination would present problems -- with Cheney sitting stony-faced beside him the whole time. Even then, he did not realize yet that he and Bush were launching a new era of McCarthyism -- not Joe, but Charlie.

  • eberit on April 27, 2012 6:55 PM:

    15E (exit Row) is the best with more leg room and never, ever will you sit next to a child.

  • Crissa on April 28, 2012 3:05 AM:

    I'm not entirely sure how thet got numbers since each airline and airliner have different numbering systems. 6A is usually amongst infants. Why would you sit there? And why A? It's usually a window, but not always.

    I always choose a window seat on the sunny side of the plane either just at the wing or behind the wing; but never over the wing or next to a nacelle... I've gotten stuck next to the engine many times in an md80 or prop plane...