Political Animal


May 03, 2012 6:11 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Resolution to wrap up blogging by 6:00 p.m. EDT fails, once again. But there are some scraps still on the table:

* Quoth T. Boone Pickens: “The biggest deterrent to an energy plan in America is Koch Industries.”

* No surprise, but interesting to know for sure: Weslyan Media Project study shows political ads this cycle astronomically more negative than in 2008, with Super PACs leading the way in bile.

* United Methodist convention approves resolution denouncing Israeli occupation and settlements in West Bank, but votes down resolutions calling for disinvestment in companies selling equipment used to enforce occupation.

* At TAP, Gershom Gorenberg reports Netanyahu government casually sanctions three settlements in West Bank that broke 1992 freeze-on-new-settlements agreement.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes student loan debt becoming significant bar to Catholic religious vocations.

And in non-political news:

* Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sells for $120 million.

I’m battening down the hatches for tomorrow morning’s April Jobs Report. See you then.


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.


  • Joe Friday on May 03, 2012 8:23 PM:

    Thomas Mann, being interviewed on the PBS NEWSHOUR about the new book he authored with Norman Ornstein, 'It's Even Worse Than It Looks':

    "One of our political parties, namely the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier. They are ideologically extreme, contemptuous of centuries worth of policy, economic and social, scornful of compromise, no use much for facts, evidence, and science, and not accepting of the political legitimacy of the other party."

    Yepper, that about sums it up.

  • T2 on May 03, 2012 11:05 PM:

    Yep, Mann has nailed it......about 8 years later than most of us did. Thanks Thomas, better late than never.

    As for the jobs report....the Republican Party named by Mann As obstructionist will call it a failure regardless. As they do everything they can to ensure it will fail. Who cares about a report. Things are better or they wouldn't be going to such trouble to say otherwise.

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