Political Animal


April 10, 2012 1:16 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Getting in those carbs before it’s too late in the day! Here are a few extras:

* Acknowledging that he’s not the most popular ex-president around, George W. Bush says the “Bush tax cuts” would be less vulnerable if they didn’t bear his name. And people wonder why Jeb didn’t think it was his year!

* LA Times’ Michael Memoli has good update on campaign to endorse marriage equality in the Democratic platform.

* Nate Silver shows that Ron Paul got a lot more bang for buck in this campaign than in 2008.

* At TAP, Stephen Lerner argues that progressives need to fight for rights of 11 million Americans with underwater mortgages.

* Salon’s Andrew Leonard defends JOBS Act against lefty criticism; says it’s “not all bad.”

And in non-political news:

* At the Daily Beast, Ashley Judd blasts “The Conversation about women’s bodies.”

Back in a jif or two.

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.


  • T2 on April 10, 2012 2:39 PM:

    Rick Santorum loses again. Now there is a sure path for Newt Gingrich to become president.....or not.

  • anon's honey on April 10, 2012 2:49 PM:

    So Rick Santorum suspends campaign with family surrounding him. He looks like he is aging in reverse, but in his wife Karen Santorum's eyes is the pain of one thousand blows.... she looks crushed, contrasted somewhat noticeably to their kids standing behind them who are generally endlessly smiling, almost ridiculously smiling...and I am reminded as a woman seeing an emotionally distressed mother--how can the Republican Party have a very clear and present war against women? That is one damaged political party with inhumane policies for women.

  • Bonnie on April 10, 2012 11:44 PM:

    The Ashley Judd article is hands down one of the best I have ever read. Read it, every one.

  • Bonnie on April 10, 2012 11:46 PM:

    Thank you so much, Ed!

  • Crissa on April 11, 2012 1:56 AM:

    Where's the link to Salon?