Political Animal


May 07, 2012 1:19 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Monday news is often slow, but things are picking up, so here’s some energy bites:

* Yglesias suggests Hollande might introduce an element of “perestroika” into Eurozone debates.

* WaTimes’ Joseph Curl hints Obama is a racist for failing to publicly note death of Beastie Boy MCA.

* Arne Duncan acknowledges support for marriage equality; not so clear Biden did the same over the weekend.

* For those who love journalistic insider stories, this AdWeek report on doings at WaPo is the bomb.

* TPM’s Ryan Reilly argues Super-PACs will have biggest impact in state races.

And in non-political news:

* Octomom completes first porn video, films publicity shot covered in Spaghetti-Os.

While you absorb that idea, I’ll take a brief blogging break.

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.


  • heddache on May 07, 2012 1:42 PM:

    I couldn't help myself, I just had to read how Obama is racist because he didn't say anything about the death of MCA. Curl points out that Obama commented on the deaths of prominent black entertainers (Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson) but not on MCA because he's white and/or Obama hates rap music. Or something else that makes even less sense. I just don't get it. Oh, also, do not even look at the comments section- the first comment has over 400+ "likes" already and says that the reason Obama didn't comment on MCA's death is because he hates rich, white Jews. Srsly. Bizarro, freeper world.

  • schtick on May 07, 2012 2:32 PM:

    I still say that the doctor that helped to permit Octomom to exist as Octomom should lose his license.

  • T2 on May 07, 2012 2:56 PM:

    we know where Romney stands on gay marriage - he believes it is between a man and a woman(s)

  • Midland on May 07, 2012 3:04 PM:

    Speaking as someone who, like the vast majority of Americans, never had any serious interest in rap or punk, I'd never heard this guy's name in my life until he died. Whereas, I'm pretty sure almost everyone in America knew who Whitney Houston was even if they didn't like her singing. I understand Mr. Rauch was a musician of considerable talent. That doesn't make him a cultural icon or a legend.

  • karen marie on May 07, 2012 5:40 PM:

    not so clear Biden did the same over the weekend.

    M@therfkr! If I hear this one more time I am going to punch someone in the junk. I have dutifully read all the commentary surrounding this piece of stinkage and there is absolutely nothing that supports it. Biden made a statement, the White House did not walk it back, in fact they affirmed Biden's statement.

    What is wrong with you people?

    Just because someone at ThinkProgress characterized the White House's subsequent statement as a "walk-back" does not make it so.