Political Animal


April 14, 2012 7:06 AM Good Morning, Boys and Girls!

By Sara Mead

Welcome to Miss Sara’s Saturday School for Incorrigible Wonks (I’m guessing most of you fall on that side of the divide). Thanks much to Ed and Paul Glastris for having me here. This is a bit of a departure from my usual eduwonkery, but I trust you’ll bear with me and maybe we can all learn something new. Here’s a few links to get you started this morning:

Some of President Obama’s Secret Service retinue have been sent home from the Summit of the Americas due to allegations of misconduct. Now that’s a Saturday detention, boys and girls! So how much more attention can we expect this story to get than the actual issues (like, oh, the massive human toll of the drug wars) being discussed at the summit?

Mitt Romney requested an extension on filing his federal tax return. Also, he apparently claims his profession as “independent artists, writers or performers”—in which light this makes a bit more sense.

Ron Paul gets grouchy when he doesn’t exercise. Um, ok, then.

And, in non-political news, I doubt you care about Zooey Deschanel’s divorce from Ben Gibbard, but if you know who either of these people are this gaffe is pretty awesome.


  • troglodyte on April 14, 2012 7:38 AM:

    Welcome aboard, Sara. Many of us know Zooey from afar, even the oldsters. My daughter watches New Girl weekly. She is the sort of woman that might marry someone named Death Cab, hoping to change him.

  • Ron Byers on April 14, 2012 8:41 AM:

    How long until the Republicans blame Obama for the secret service mess? My guess is the end of the morning. Bets? Ten Thousand Romney Dollars minimum.

  • Skip on April 14, 2012 8:44 AM:

    I read that SS story over on Yahoo, and the comments under it were sad and pathetic. Our nation really has no connection to reality any more. Talk Radio and News Corps have done their disingenuous work well and I imagine they quite like the nasty world they've created in their own image. Getting this ugly back in the box will take a generation after the Murdocks and Limbaughs are moldering in their fancy caskets.

  • AndThenThere'sThat on April 14, 2012 8:46 AM:

    My, my, bright and early. Sara must be on the East Coast.

  • jprichva on April 14, 2012 8:59 AM:

    This reminds me of when the New York Times used to somberly refer to Meat Loaf as "Mr. Loaf".

  • lou on April 14, 2012 9:24 AM:

    Romney is releasing his tax returns in October?

    Romney is all for rights and freedoms except when it comes to the rights of the electorate to know much about him.

    The Friday release of this news has certainly been effective in keeping this from becoming news today. I skimmed WaPo and NYT and no headlines announcing this jumped out. Guess it might upset their "balanced" coverage.

    WTF? Hope you get all over this today Sara.

  • Danp on April 14, 2012 9:31 AM:

    Good morning, Miss Sara. What a lovely Macintosh you have on your desk. Did troglodyte polish it this morning?

    When Mitt Romney calls himself an independent artist, writer or performer, I guess he wasn't lying. Is that why it's news?

    Seriously, welcome Sara, and sorry troglodyte. No offense intended.

  • DAY on April 14, 2012 9:39 AM:

    Good morning, Sara.
    I trust you will use this edition of the "Breakfast Club" to tell us why we should stay in school.

    A radical idea came out of WWII, and exposed many, many returning vets to higher education, where some of them even learned critical thinking. (which-for example- teaches one to differentiate between Mr. Darwin's ideas and those found in the King James Bible.)

    Lately, GW's "Haves and Have Mores" see no need for public education, and its by-product, "Thinking".
    As, for example, anything Romney has said in the past year.

  • sduffys on April 14, 2012 9:53 AM:

    Welcome Sara! Nice cheery tone to set the weekend! Who needs coffee? Ok.. too far with lauds and all that, looking forward to your postings.

  • troglodyte on April 14, 2012 11:14 AM:

    Sara, dont pay too much attention to DanP's misanthropy. Out of every seven dwarves, there is usually one Grumpy. Normally we whistle while we wonk.

  • Shokai on April 14, 2012 2:46 PM:

    Everyone likes a cute senorita: http://youtu.be/7NRRrnaz2uo

  • Steven Hickcox on April 15, 2012 6:35 AM:

    It will be interesting to find out who provided these SS agents with prostitutes, since it is doubtful they all went out looking to hook up with a local hooker and yet several of them were involved. I've heard of NFL players sending prostitutes up to the hotel rooms of their opponents in the hopes of distracting them from preparing for the next day's game. Perhaps these prostitutes were deliberately used as a diversion? It just seems so unbecoming of highly professional agents to do a little thrill seeking and putting their jobs on the line. I'm not excusing their behavior, but I think it would take a lot of coaxing to get SS agents to lower their guard and behave in such a nonprofessional manner.