Political Animal


April 12, 2012 1:31 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Ummmm. Writing about free bacon made me hanker for a BLT. Here are some side dishes:

* Ann Romney escalates Hilaryrosengate with appearance on Fox. This is getting just bizarre.

* Trayvon Martin’s mother goes on Today show to say her son’s encounter with George Zimmerman was an “accident” that “got out of hand.” Too bad the State of Florida encourages people in “accidents” to carry death-dealing weapons.

* Sunnunu says Obama’s three years of experience as POTUS not enough experience to qualify him to become POTUS.

* At TNR, you can read my argument that Santorum was done in not so much by cultural radicalism as by support for Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” agenda.

* Gingrich whines about Fox News at tiny gathering of activists in Delaware. Sic transit gloria.

And in non-political news:

* Amazon to cut e-book prices, in what is either boon to consumers or bid to create monopoly.

Back to regular blogging shortly.

UPDATE: Thanks to commenters for noting Today show appearance was by Trayvon Martin’s mother, not George Zimmerman’s. I’ve corrected it. My point about “accidents” in Florida stands.

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.


  • Sharon on April 12, 2012 1:42 PM:

    I think it was Trayvon's mom on the Today show not Zimmerman's

  • j_h_r on April 12, 2012 1:55 PM:

    If anyone can show me that Ann Romney has ever earned an employment based wage at any time after the birth of her first child, I will mail Ed Kilgore photos of me eating my hat.

    It's a nice hat. Got the Scarlet "R" on it for Rutgers.

    I'll even put hot sauce on it.

  • Rebecca Sheppard on April 12, 2012 2:05 PM:

    According to press reports, it was Trayvon Martin's mother (not George Zimmerman's) who said that she thought the shooting was an "accident" that "got out of hand."

  • Area Man on April 12, 2012 2:08 PM:

    Yes, it was Martin's mother, not Zimmerman's. It was nice of her to give him the benefit of the doubt, but if it really were an accident, the correct charge would be manslaughter. Or possibly nothing at all.

  • j on April 12, 2012 2:25 PM:

    If anyone thinks Mrs Romney raised her kids without help they are not living in this universe, she also raises some pretty expensive horses, so does she muck out the stables?
    Also if raising kids is such hard work how about the women who raise kids and have to hold down a job to make ends meet.

  • T2 on April 12, 2012 2:27 PM:

    I'll cut Martin's mom some slack due to the trauma she's had to endure. But it is no "accident" when a person follows another person around various streets and confronts them. It is no "accident" when someone pulls a gun, aims it and fires. And if she really honestly considers it an accident, why was she demanding for weeks that Zimmerman be arrested for murder? This case is now 2nd degree murder officially, but to me it is either self defense or murder 1. But accident? no.

  • T2 on April 12, 2012 2:57 PM:

    Ms.Martin has now said she meant that the fact that both these young men crossed paths in the first place was an accident....i.e. a tragic coincidence. Yes, I can agree with that. I think we can put this to rest now.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on April 12, 2012 3:48 PM:

    Let's see: If my broke, black ass made a "career choice to be a (stay-at-home) mother", I would be the poster-child for WELFARE QUEENS--except, unlike Ms. Romney, I wouldn't be driving a Cadillac, just a rinky-dink Mazda.

    While the GOP can use Ann Romney as their cheerleader on their alleged stance that women should have the right to choose their careers, it's a decidedly tone-deaf blathering tactic. There are thousands of American women who stay at home to raise children--and it's often not their choice, especially if their unemployed and can't afford childcare. There are also women who would love to stay home and raise their children, but can't because their financially obligated to bring home the bacon from somewhere.

    Liberated Femi-nazi that I am, I'm secretly in the latter group. But I have yet to use my feminine wiles to snag me a sugar daddy. So until then, I will anticipate never having the luxury to choose one way or the other whether to be a stay-at-home or working mother. Ms. Romney's "choice" is definitely a luxury that most women can't really afford these days.

  • zandru on April 12, 2012 4:44 PM:

    Stay At Home Moms

    What the stay at home defense squad ignores is that:

    One, there is all the difference in the world between hanging around your home, deciding what you need to do and if you want to do it, versus having to rush off every day to a distant place of employment, generally wearing a special type of clothing, and being required to remain there 8-plus hours, doing as told with limited breaks until you're permitted to leave, in order to be paid

    Two, the tasks which the stay at home spouse performs: watching, entertaining, and instructing the children; preparing meals; cleaning and doing laundry; assorted yardwork; delivering children to schools and other activities; shopping and paying bills, etc - EVERYBODY does these things. Absolutely EVERYBODY. And everybody else does them all, in addition to that full time, paid job. Moreover, everybody else doesn't expect to be lionized and put onto a pedestal for it.

    The stay at home who has never been out in the workforce doesn't have a clue. The incredibly wealthy stay at home who has never worried about coming up short on the rent, or affording new clothing for the children, or scrimped on food, or had to put off purchases until the next check arrives simply HAS NO IDEA.

    And that's what Ms Rosen said. If you can, send her an Attagirl and other words of support. Dems apologize way too much.

    And Repubs whine too much without getting called crybabies. That's got to stop, too.