Political Animal


May 01, 2012 6:38 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Boy, the news finally picked up, didn’t it? Here’s some final notes:

* Yesterday I complained about the lack of consistent interest in DC in state and local developments. That’s obviously not a problem out in the heartland, as evidenced by this beautifully angry outburst at the Missouri legislature by our good friend Blue Girl. You go, girl!

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes with interest that some law schools are beginning to reduce enrollments, partly because applicants are realizing there may be no jobs when they graduate.

* Greg Sargent reports on last week of campaigning for and against North Carolina’s Amendment One; initiative still leading in polls, but “anti” group much better organized.

* Kevin Drum offers wise and funny guidance on when to write about crazy talk by crazy people.

* TPM’s Erich Lach summarizes key findings of British parliamentary report on News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal.

And in non-political news:

* Levi Johnston’s second child will be named Breeze Baretta, and yes, the middle name commemorates a brand of gun.

I’ve got a new TNR column coming out at midnight on the should-Obama-campaign-as-a-populist debate (Geoffrey Kabaservice has the first installment of this colloquoy today), so if you’re up late, give it a gander.


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.


  • toro toro on May 01, 2012 11:36 PM:

    Is that how he's spelling it? Cos there's calling your kid after a gun, and calling it after a cheap knockoff...

  • RT on May 01, 2012 11:42 PM:

    Baretta is a maker of powerboats. Also, there was a late 1970s cop show titled Baretta, starring Robert Blake.

  • c u n d gulag on May 02, 2012 9:13 AM:

    He took Baretta in case Sarah "The Whore of Babblin' On" Palin popped out another kid.

    She said, "Glock" was already taken and set aside for her.

  • Rugosa on May 02, 2012 9:23 AM:

    A lot of communities have catch-neuter-release programs for feral cats. Just sayin'.

  • zandru on May 02, 2012 10:06 AM:

    The Winner! (and clear champion)

    Rugosa observes "A lot of communities have catch-neuter-release programs for feral cats. Just sayin'."

  • up8v on November 14, 2012 5:02 PM: