Political Animal


April 04, 2012 1:19 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Here are some Wednesday mid-day news treats I found in the virtual kitchen:

* Joe Scarborough says “no one” in GOP Establishment thinks Romney is going to beat Obama in the general election. “No one” is a nice, round number, easy to remember.

* TN Gov. Bill Haslam, usually thought to represent what passes for moderation in GOP these days, indicates he’s likely to sign bill authorizing science teachers to question evolution. His state, of course, was the site of the famous “Monkey Trial” on teaching of evolution in 1925. How far we’ve come!

* DNC Chair rebuts Orrin Hatch claim that Democrats will “throw the Mormon Church at [Romney] like you can’t believe.”

* Q-Poll shows NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo having 68/19 approval/disapproval rating, with nearly even approval numbers among Democrats, Republicans and indies.

* Pew shows 56% of Republicans objecting to “too much coverage” of Trayvon Martin killing. That’s interesting, since it’s just now being officially investigated.

Full-scale blogging to resume shortly.

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.


  • anon's honey on April 04, 2012 1:34 PM:

  • RalfW on April 04, 2012 1:55 PM:

    Apparently we can spend years talking about a blonde woman who has been abducted, but talking about at black youth who is killed gets to be too much very quickly. At least in certain quarters of the culture.

  • anon's honey on April 04, 2012 2:21 PM:

    Agree with RalfW. Sad how dishonest news organizations such as Fox have been--- very much dismissive of Trayvon's case and exonerating the shooter. And blaming Al Sharpton and other civil rights dignitaries. And ridiculing President Obama for his touching statement of sympathy for the greiving family.
    These Republicans are out of control.
    There is a definitive lack of caring for America's citizens.

    So---feeling the need to keep an eye out on Republicans who so are out to radically impose their will-- and indeed who warrant close monitoring by the busy electorate---here is some more fact-based coverage of the very dangerous Ryan/Romney plan to destroy the America we know:


    "Major consequences of the House Republican budget:

    >>Many seniors would be forced to pay sharply higher premiums to stay in traditional Medicare and keep their current choice of doctors.
    >>Medicare beneficiaries could pay more than $1,200 more by 2030 and more than $5,900 more by 2050.
    >>More and more seniors would gradually shift to private health insurance plans over time, increasing the privatization of Medicare.
    >>Hundreds of thousands of seniors would become uninsured.
    >>Premiums would increase for most Medicare beneficiaries.
    >>More than 47 million Americans would lose health insurance coverage in 10 years.
    >>Tens of millions of Americans would lose consumer protections that are essential for health and economic security.
    >>States would be forced to slash Medicaid eligibility, benefits, and payments to health care providers."

  • sadly the more things have stayed the same on April 04, 2012 2:36 PM:

  • Amusing Alias on April 04, 2012 2:44 PM:

    I've found it remarkable that when Republicans talk about their next Presidential candidate after Romney, they invariably--and I mean without exception--talk about 2016. It seems to be a foregone conclusion that he is going to lose, even among Republicans. How will this affect Romney donors going forward?

  • TCinLA on April 04, 2012 2:55 PM:

    DNC Chair rebuts Orrin Hatch claim that Democrats will “throw the Mormon Church at [Romney] like you can’t believe.”

    They don't have to. Anyone who's ever had one of those Stepfordites ring their doorbell will never vote to have one in the White House. How many Mormon officeholders do you see outside of "greater Utah"? (i.e., eastern Washington and Oregon, eastern Nevada, Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, western Colorado, northern Arizona, northern New Mexico)

    Pew shows 56% of Republicans objecting to “too much coverage” of Trayvon Martin killing.

    Given that it shows what everything they believe in is really all about (license to kill ni**ers), of course they don't want it out there for everyone to see and have to defend it.

  • jjm on April 04, 2012 3:36 PM:

    Well, Senator Hatch, the Mormon Church has been throwing itself at the USA for quite some time. It is clear that its teachings urge and even require its members to strive to attain the top positions in any organization, and Romney is clearly no exception.

    One HAS to suspect, since he has zero ideas, zero vision, refuses to discuss policy, etc., that ONLY HIS RELIGION is motivating him to run. What else is his passion for leadership? The only vision he has is cutting, cutting, throwing people out of work, a la Bain Capital, and somehow, that's no way to run a country.

    But that's because he doesn't want to run a country. He wants to attain post-mortem status that will give him his own planet to rule because he achieved the highest post he could on earth.

  • biggerbox on April 04, 2012 3:43 PM:

    So, what IS the GOP plan for November and after?

    By now most of the smart ones have to be thinking Obama will be re-elected, so...? Are they working hard to steal all the congressional districts and Senate seats they can? At this rate, they must even be worried about down-ticket races, given how hard the party is working at alienating everyone who isn't angry, white and male.

    Do they have a plan for handling Obama's 2nd term? I try to imagine more obstruction than we have already, but it seems impossible.

  • anon's honey on April 04, 2012 9:03 PM:

    Women are mobilized against republicans and will be a huge factor in the upcoming election.
    People have seen the clown circus of the republican party for too many months, the flesh is off the bone, and all is exposed. It has been halloween for months now.
    Romney is known widely as an insincere flip flopper who will say anything to get elected. Seems way desperate.
    Santorum wants a theocratic government and scares guys about taking away their porn. Plus men can't afford endless children.
    Gingrich will sell some books.
    The grifter Palin lingers on the sidelines in a macabre way, and Paul Ryan scares the crap of out people aged 25-90. He is way too desperate to get rid of things people count on to survive. Everyone is talking about it and not happy. Pop in at your local VFW sometime.
    Seniors watch closely and will drop out of the AARP if support isn't there for social security and medicare, medicaid.
    And the Obama presidency is totally impressive while republicans are endlessly depressing.