Political Animal


April 13, 2012 6:07 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

It’s been a tough week for me, but not remotely as tough as it was for Rick Santorum and Hilary Rosen. Here are a few final items of note:

* President’s tax returns released; looks like he won’t qualify for the Buffett Rule.

* I spent a good part of the day trying to figure out what if anything to say about Politico’s big piece comparing Mitt Romney to Don Draper. See if you can figure it out.

* Crossroads GPS gets anonymous $10 million check to run anti-Obama ads. WaPo story on the development features big photo of Sheldon Adelson. Coincidence or broad hint?

* Rick Santorum takes out lifetime NRA membership for 3-year-old daughter. I suspect she’d rather have been given an ice cream cone.

* Roger Ailes, speaking to journalism students, refers to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien as “that girl that’s named after a prison.” Such a classy, classy guy.

And in non-political news:

* Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift to collaborate on song. Tabloid covers now set for months.

That’s it for the week. But I am very happy to announce our Weekend Blogger will be Sara Mead, a friend and former colleague who is an Associate Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, and also blogs regularly for Education Week. She’ll be writing about the full panoply of news items, but if anything happens in the education policy world, she’ll be all over it.

And I have another Guest Blogging announcement: I’ve been called for jury duty Monday, so filling in then will be Jesse Singal, who’s become a familiar and energetic presence here at PA. We’ll see what happens at the courthouse, but generally people with law degrees are about as welcome on juries as a communicable disease, so I’ll probably be back soon.


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.


  • ericfree on April 13, 2012 6:15 PM:

    And Thank Everything that Justin Bieber's not collaborating with Esperanza Spalding. Who, BTW, is collaborating with nearly everybody else. Joe Lovano, Justin Bieber, not much in it really....

  • Danp on April 13, 2012 6:37 PM:

    Last time I was called for voir dire, they dismissed anyone who admitting having a "friend" who was a lawyer. They may as well have asked for volunteers to "convict this guy."

  • j on April 13, 2012 6:59 PM:

    Just thinking about the horrors of Mormonism, I cannot figure out why they think JESUS will come back to earth
    and administer his kingdom from MISSOURI - Why Missouri?

  • BC on April 13, 2012 7:09 PM:

    That 3 year-old-daughter has Trisomy 18, so don't imagine a "lifetime" NRA membership will do her much good. Yeah, an ice cream cone would be of much better use.

  • biggerbox on April 13, 2012 7:20 PM:

    There's a prison named O'Brien?

  • j on April 13, 2012 7:45 PM:

    If the US Nazi party are going to have their own lobbyist in Washington will they get friendly with AIPAC?
    If the Nazi party agenda is to send all people except themselves back to country of origin does that make them native americans?

  • pluege on April 13, 2012 7:49 PM:

    now there's most definitely something Jesus would do:

    * Rick Santorum takes out lifetime NRA membership for 3-year-old daughter. I suspect she’d rather have been given an ice cream cone.

    santorum is a seriously sick dude.

  • cmdicely on April 13, 2012 8:04 PM:

    Roger Ailes, speaking to journalism students, refers to CNN's Soledad O'Brien as "that girl that's named after a prison."

    I somehow doubt that here Catholic immigrant (Afro-Cuban on one side, Australian on the other) parents living on the East Coast of the US named her "Maria de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien" in reference to a prison called "Correctional Training Facility" that -- when she was named -- was near but not within the city of Soledad, rather than naming her after the Blessed Virgin.

    I suppose its theoretically possible that Ailes could have found something to say that would be more ignorant, more offensive, and/or less relevant to any legitimate point he might have been making than that, but its pretty hard to imagine how.

  • anon's honey raising cain on April 13, 2012 9:35 PM:

    Call me crazy but as time goes on it appears that "hilaryrosengate" has morphed into Mitt Romney's wife had maids, nannies, a special life and had married a wealthy husband so she spent her time with very expensive horses. No, she didn't work, and had lots of help raising those kids.
    Also, home in the morning, I noted that an older-sounding woman who indicated she was a former maid and housekeeper/nanny had called into Steph Miller's show this morning saying what Hilary Rosen said was true, that Ann Romney never *did* work a day in her life, and she repeatedly noted she took care of Ann, cooked, took care of everything/everything in the household, and that Ann had her dressage horses and did that. And that Ann was nice enough but she was taken care of. And it was quite interesting she kept stressing that Ann never did work a day in her life. Her name was Juanita.
    On the way home from visiting family I happened to tune in accidentally to right wing extremist Michael Savage who was bragging about his PhD and his right wing credentials that he would never be invited to the White House because only gang members are invited, all these racist references to the president and then racist things to say about Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson too.
    I demand that Michael Savage apologize for savaging African Americans today on his crappy show.

  • Gretchen on April 14, 2012 12:26 AM:

    I was on a federal jury recently. I was surprised that the lawyer was picked. Nobody who admitted to having a relative in police or law enforcement was picked, though. Possibly because they were trying to get a burglar off by saying the police framed him.

  • bob h on April 14, 2012 6:28 AM:

    * President’s tax returns released; looks like he won’t qualify for the Buffett Rule.*

    That's only because they gave so much to charity, knocking down the taxable part.

  • Alan Tomlinson on April 14, 2012 6:37 AM:

    Perhaps Ailes was trying to deflect criticism that he was named for a derogatory euphemism for intercourse.


    [with object] British vulgar slang
    (of a man) have sexual intercourse with.


    Alan Tomlinson

  • Shokai on April 14, 2012 2:42 PM:

    It's the end of the week, and after a depressing week of political news, I'm looking for some strange like this: http://youtu.be/7NRRrnaz2uo