Political Animal


April 06, 2012 5:03 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

As noted, we’re wrapping things up a bit early today, but not without a few leftover items:

* BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller offers a fascinating profile of Romney’s “SWAT Team” of primary staffers who slash and burn their way through states and leave little behind.

* Gallup has another unsurprising report on race and varying perspectives of the Trayvon Martin killing.

* Santorum backers push for change of May 29 Texas primary to a winner-take-all contest; RNC says it ain’t happening.

* Justice Clarence Thomas loudly defends his near-legendary silence during oral arguments. For once, I sort of wish he were right.

* Lawrence Tribe weighs in on 5th Circuit panel’s “shocking departure from norms of judicial behavior.”

And in non-political news:

* Some nice photos of springtime scenes from around the world.

Wunderkind Matthew Zeitlin returns for another guest-blogging stint this weekend. Please welcome him back.

And to those engaging in special religious services this weekend: Happy Passover and Happy Easter!

See everyone next week.

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.


  • Danp on April 06, 2012 5:28 PM:

    To all my Jewish friends, have a very happy Passover. To my non-Jewish friends who get invited to a seder, if they tell you the gefilte fish is "kinda like a crab cake", it is so-o-o-o-o not. But be nice anyway.

  • gus on April 06, 2012 5:28 PM:

    What does a Romney spokesperson say when asked why the candidate flip flops will not jeopardize his chances of winning the election?

    Mitt Meant......ummmmmmm

    (yeah. I know. lame.)

  • gus on April 06, 2012 5:31 PM:

    trying this again with correct punctuation:

    What does a Romney spokesperson say when asked why the candidate's flip flops will not jeopardize his chances of winning the election?

    Mitt Meant......ummmmmmm

  • anon's honey on April 06, 2012 7:41 PM:

    War on women by Republicans continues as Scott Walker quietly repeals the equal pay law in Wisconsin.


  • Doug on April 06, 2012 8:02 PM:

    Danp, I recommend some of that purple horseradish on it. Perks gefelte fish up no end! I imagine it'd be awfully bland and rich without it, though.

  • Joe Friday on April 06, 2012 8:24 PM:

    Geez, the MSM is like a dog with a bone with the phoney story about Mrs. Willard being some huge advantage for her husband with women voters. The latest polls have an 18% gender gap.

    Earth to MSM: HELLO ?

  • Rip on April 06, 2012 11:08 PM:

    Romney's hit and run team has been effective against the hapless Santorum and Gingrich, whose campaigns have been so threadbare that they routinely failed to get on the ballot and adequately contest every state. Even so, he's struggled to beat two of more unlikable candidates to run for President in memory, and finds his own favorability numbers dropping with each victory.

    I suppose it is a testament to Obama's weakness as a candidate that his victory over Romney will likely only be in the single digits.

  • anon's honey on April 07, 2012 9:51 AM:

    The media has a grab and go mentality much of the time anyway, and now that the republican candidate campaign is so boring, with Mitt Romney similarly boring and robotic, we have the "how humanizing Ann is" drone.
    And the definition of "drone" was originally "loafer," "parasite" and "lazy person." With drone being a "noisely buzzing June bug" from the early Old English word "dora."

    So the media noisely buzzes on about Ann Romney.

    But--consider this: With Mitt Romney now standing side by side with Paul Ryan in solid agreement with Ryan's most austere, anti-working family, anti-poor citizens budget---with co-campaigner Ann Romney NOT speaking out for a fairer budget--perhaps she should be called Ayn Romney--as in the Ayn Rand that Paul Ryan so admittedly admires as required reading for his staff, on which Paul Ryan built his political thought process, his programs, and this horrible, unchristian budget. And Mitt Romney supports.