Political Animal


April 23, 2012 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

On second pot of coffee, courting hyperventilation. Hear are some dunking sticks for your mid-day cuppa joe:

* Sure enough, Sarko’s first move in his second-round competition with Francois Hollande is to suck up to National Front voters. Pas d’ennemis a droite!

* Cynthia McKinney running again for House seat she’s lost twice in Democratic primaries—but this time on the Green ticket.

* Jon Huntsman gets publicity for comparing GOP to ChiComs, then complains about getting publicity.

* Claire McCaskill launches direct attack on Super-PACs.

* George Will disses Jebbie, says GOP can’t afford another Bush on national ticket.

And in non-political news:

* Belated happy 100th birthday to Fenway Park! Too bad Yankees gave it a Bronx cheer.

Back very 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.


  • T2 on April 23, 2012 2:10 PM:

    George WIll thinks of having a Bush on a presidential ballot seven of nine elections “And it gets hard to argue that we’re not a tribal society at that point.”
    Of course for that blowhard, 6 of 8 was no problem at all. I wonder if he ever listens to what he says?

  • stevio on April 23, 2012 2:30 PM:

    George Will is an arse. As far as the Yankees go, I, for one, am happy to wipe the smile off a Red Sox fan(s). Too bad the babe" was lookin' the other way a couple of times...

  • gus on April 23, 2012 2:47 PM:

    With Will the odd thing is he worked in Reagan’s administration and coached Dan Quayle to prepare him for debates, at the least. So, the guy’s been around Bushes for a while.

    He knows that Jeb would probably be slightly different than the other two Bushes.
    I am glad he is throwing water on that though. Of course, it bears mentioning that he is a Rick Perry man and his wife worked for Perry’s campaign. So, he might be angling for Perry getting on the ticket. ahem...surely, Perry is a “true conservative” (i.e., will say crazy things like the nuttiest of nutjobs)

    Unrelated but something to consider, these fat cat donors who are funding politicians and PACs and parties by the millions each are spending more money for one election than most people earn in their entire lives.

    That’s awful.

  • Ron Byers on April 23, 2012 3:30 PM:

    As a Missouri Democrat I will support Claire's run, but what really bothers me is the ease with which the Democratic party and the Barack Obama campaign have thrown Missouri to the wolves. I would love for the Democrats to at least pretend they are a National Party.

    We need Howard Dean and his 50 state strategy.

  • Fred on April 23, 2012 4:47 PM:

    George Will seems to forget that the public hates Paul Ryan (see Medicare phase out) and Bobby "something called volcano monitoring" Jindal (see the worst SOTU rebuttal we've ever witnessed). He must have been wearing his bad idea jeans again. Get this idiot off television ...

  • Doug on April 23, 2012 7:54 PM:

    Ron, I live in Indiana and we probably suffer from the same problem, but I don't really know if the national Democratic Party is to blame.
    Around here we see Democratic ads and candidates making speeches during national races; ie, Presidential, Senate and House. We also see such things during MOST State races, but not all. Local races? Hardly anything at all.
    I don't expect the national Democratic Party to spend money, time and effort when there's apparently no "base" to appeal to. I'm inclined to think that what areas such as mine and, presumably, yours need are more "Stassen" candidates; people who are capable of serving if elected, but also willing to run again and again and again, knowing full well they likely won't win. At least, not this time...
    SOME assistance from the national party would certainly be nice; providing training in organizational skills, for example or demonstrating ways to get and keep public attention (in a good way, of course!).
    I undeerstand OfA is doing some of these things already and I don't think their efforts are aimed at electing Republicans...

  • fignaz on April 24, 2012 1:28 PM:

    From the article about Geo. Will dissing The Jebster-- "...Wall Street Journal communist Patty Noonan..." ???? That sounds like a twofer to me. PotusNews needs a new proofreader.