Political Animal


April 25, 2012 1:31 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

In between posts, I’ve been carefully reading the Rolling Stone interview with Barack Obama, and will write about it later today. In the meantime, here are some mid-day morsels:

* At WaPo’s Wonkblog, Brad Plumer has an excellent summary of yesterday’s Washington Monthly/New American Foundation event on the airline industry.

* While you are at Wonkblog, check out Ezra Klein’s reminder of the damage a Presidenet Romney could inflict with a Republican-controlled Congress; the Ryan Budget, for example, could be enacted and implemented via reconciliation, making the filibuster irrelevant.

* Newt Gingrich indicates he’ll end his candidacy next week. Wonder if Mitt asked his creditors to foreclose on Gingrich ‘12?

* Supremes begin oral arguments on Arizona immigration law; live blog is here

* And speaking of immigration, my TNR column on Romney’s self-inflicted problems on immigration issues is here.

And in sort-of-non-political news:

* Joe Francis announces winner of “Hottest Girl in America” contest will be offered internship in office of Sen. Mark Pryor. I’d love to see the Arkansas polling on this one.

Back in just a bit.

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.


  • Matt on April 25, 2012 1:37 PM:

    Joe Francis announces winner of “Hottest Girl in America” contest will be offered internship in office of Sen. Mark Pryor. I’d love to see the Arkansas polling on this one. No, no, no. Totally false, totally a hoax, totally refuted by Pryor's office. Before your post went live, I might add.

    Come on. He "bought" an internship to give to the contest winner? This wouldn't pass the smell test even if it weren't Joe Francis involved.

  • T2 on April 25, 2012 2:17 PM:

    Boner, McConnell and several other GOPer mouthpieces have been saying how a second Obama term would change America so drastically that it would never regain its true greatness, etc. I suspect that a Romney president and GOP congress AND Supreme Court would accomplish that for real. If that happens, I pity Americans under 50.

  • Ron Byers on April 25, 2012 3:09 PM:

    We understand the damage a wacko Republican congress could do with President Romney, but tell us what the Democrats promise to do for us. I don't like the Democratic National Committee's campaign which is based entirely on the argument that we should vote for Democrats because they aren't crazy Republicans. Once upon a time a national party was expected to provide positive reasons to vote for them.

  • j on April 25, 2012 3:49 PM:

    I've been wondering why Romney is so in love with France, apart from the fact that he fled there to avoid Vietnam service, it just came to me, he wants to be a little closer to his Swiss bank accounts.

  • T2 on April 25, 2012 4:06 PM:

    Ron Byers- I understand your point about the DNC being pretty weak so far. But for me, a choice between a crazy bunch of people and people who aren't crazy is an easy choice. The problem is the definition of crazy.

  • Ron Byers on April 25, 2012 4:32 PM:

    T2, the problem is the media refuses to tell anybody the Republicans are crazy. For me the choice is easy, but what about those people who have fallen for the media's narrative that the Democrats are just as crazy as the Republicans?

  • SecularAnimist on April 25, 2012 4:38 PM:

    Oh, yeah. The Republicans are "crazy".

    I guess that's why they have been so enormously successful over the last ten years at implementing their agenda of concentrating all the wealth and power of America into the hands of a tiny, ultra-rich, ultra-powerful ruling class of corporate oligarchs, while convincing many of the people who are most severely harmed by that agenda to support it.

    Because they are "crazy". Right.

  • meady on April 25, 2012 5:14 PM:

    Presented without comment, basically because I am speechless

    The internship will take place this summer in the office of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D - Ark.) in Washington, D.C. According to Francis, "At this time more than ever, women need strong representation in Washington. Women's issues and rights have been completely assaulted by the Republican candidates during this year's Republican primaries." Francis goes on to say, "When this opportunity presented itself, I felt there was no better way to empower women than to send the winner of Girls Gone Wild's 'Search for the Hottest Girl in America' contest to Washington D.C. I truly believe that women, not men, should be making decisions for women in this country."

    OK one comment. This would be women who have been preapproved by the people (presumably mostly men)deciding who's the hottest that will gain that voice; because hotness is the most important characteristic trait for representing women. I agree, the very notion of the contest is no longer sexist because it is empowering women. Well hot women anyways...

  • Matt on April 25, 2012 6:40 PM:


    I'd be speechless too, if the whole thing weren't a hoax. (See link in the first comment above.)

    Hey, Ed, it's okay to delete links to erroneous reports. Just saying. This is a pretty stinky piece of crap that someone (presumably Francis) has thrown in Pryor's direction--no need to validate it.