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May 08, 2012 6:33 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Ugh, gotta tell you, reading an entire Mitt Romney speech and then watching a video of the sucker because I’d heard he varied from the prepared text (not on anything that mattered) is exhausting at the end of a long day. So here are a few other things that came over the transom while I was parsing Mitt’s pithy remarks:

* GOPers filibuster student loan interest bill in Senate. The Hill article refers to this development as “the Senate rejecting a motion to proceed 52-45.” The “45” were the no votes. I hate this routinization of a 60-vote requirement.

* Brian Beutler has great fun asking Republicans about Mitt Romney’s claim to take partial credit for recovery of auto industry.

* Kevin Drum catches Vets For a Strong America darkening Obama’s image in attack ad.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on growing backlash to national teacher licensure systems that judge student teachers from far, far away.

* Jonathan Cohn not as angry as yours truly about Romney’s efforts to identify with Clinton against Obama, but he’s just as incredulous.

And in political news involving non-political celebrities:

* Cast members of reality show “Sister Wives” make it clear they are a bit to the left of Mitt Romney on same-sex marriage.

Don’t expect to be staying up very long for election results tonight, but will say what needs to be said about them tomorrow morning.

Selah.

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.

Comments

  • Mitt's Magic Underwear on May 08, 2012 7:15 PM:

    "I hate this routinization of a 60-vote requirement."

    Just wait -- as soon as the Rs have 51 votes (or 50 and the VP), the filibuster will be gone gone gone.

  • Skip on May 08, 2012 7:26 PM:

    How about "Veterans of Overseas Wars" putting up an ad, the text of which stating "Mitt Romney was Overseas During Viet Nam" as it scrolls elegantly over a pictorial of Paris.
    Or would that be too subtle?

  • Quaker in a Basement on May 08, 2012 7:40 PM:

    The Hill article refers to this development as “the Senate rejecting a motion to proceed 52-45.” The “45” were the no votes. I hate this routinization of a 60-vote requirement.

    I hate it too, but in this case, The Hill is accurate. A motion to proceed does require 60 votes.

  • stinger on May 08, 2012 8:38 PM:

    Republicans -- one day, "half-white" Obama disrespects MCA; the next, he's blacker than blackity-black. Make up yer minds!

  • Cha on May 08, 2012 11:44 PM:

    The gops have no minds to make up..bunch a zombeys.

  • exlibra on May 09, 2012 12:43 AM:

    NC shoots itself in the foot (Am 1 passes, everyone without an officially placed wedding ring loses). Lugar gets to enjoy late retirement. And Falk loses to Barrett in Wisconsin. Not sure how I feel about this last one. It's true that Barret *barely* lost to Walker the last time the two squared off, so the general feeling is his chances ought to be at least as good. But, being from VA, I remember all too well how Creigh Deeds barely lost to (Ultrasound) McDonnell the first time around (for Att Gen), but got totally wiped out on the second try (for Governorship)

  • Danp on May 09, 2012 8:19 AM:

    I hate it too, but in this case, The Hill is accurate.

    Accurate, yes, but misleading as well, since it suggests that the majority voted against proceeding.

  • stormskies on May 09, 2012 8:58 AM:

    and this is how the Washington Post puts it .. which is the corporate media protecting the Repiglicans as best they can .......

    Senate vote stymies bill to keep student-loan rates low

    There is no clear path forward at the moment for lawmakers, who have until July 1 to reauthorize lower rates for roughly 7 million borrowers who would otherwise see rates on the subsidized student loans jump from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

    By Ed O'Keefe

    The Washington Post

    WASHINGTON — The Senate failed Tuesday to advance a bill to keep federally subsidized college student-loan rates lower for another year, prolonging debate on an issue that has emerged as an election-year flash point

  • RepublicanPointOfView on May 09, 2012 11:45 AM:

    I hate this routinization of a 60-vote requirement.

    It is only routine when the democrats are in the majority in the senate.

    Kevin Drum catches Vets For a Strong America darkening Obama’s image in attack ad.

    You can never over darken the picture of a darkie. Just more proof that Obama is a socialist, commie, Kenyan.

    Brian Beutler has great fun asking Republicans about Mitt Romney’s claim to take partial credit for recovery of auto industry.

    Bullsh!t... Mitt claims full credit for everything good about the recovery of the auto industry; except for the bad part about union workers still having jobs.