Political Animal


May 09, 2012 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Boy, post-primary days used to be a lot more fun back when you could count on a regular Wednesday gaffe from Mitt Romney. But here’s what I’ve got for the snack tray:

* Via her Swiss-American husband, Michele Bachmann and her children obtain Swiss citizenship. Is this her Plan B (though she’d never use that term!) in case of an Obama re-election? But Switzerland has a health insurance mandate, just like ObamaCare!

* Times profile of Richard Mourdock indicates he’s run for office (ten times!) as often as the “career politician” he beat.

* WI labor folk who are less than thrilled with Tom Barrett as gubernatorial candidate much happier with Dem seeking Lt. Gov. spot: Firefighters leader Mahlon Mitchell, who also happens to be African-American.

* 41% vote won in WV Democratic presidential primary by Texas prisoner would indeed seem to indicate, if there was any doubt, that this ain’t one of Obama’s better states.

* James Carville revives his patented tongue-lashing of Democrats who are complacent about upcoming election.

And in non-political news:

* Japanese “competitive eating circuit” star downs 42 cups of coffee in a couple of minutes. Makes me jittery just thinking about it.

Back after a non-PA deadline 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.


  • Allan Snyder on May 09, 2012 2:18 PM:

    Whoa, Swiss citizenship? I think it's time for an inquiry to determine if she has anti-American beliefs. Her loyalty is now divided, so I don't trust her.
    Not that I ever did.

  • Ralph Kramden on May 09, 2012 2:27 PM:

    LD50 for caffeine in an average human is about 80-100 cups of coffee. So 42 cups is a bit scary.

  • MBunge on May 09, 2012 2:47 PM:

    Given how much Carville and Carville's approach to politics are responsible for the pitiful state of the Democratic party AND for the problems facing the country, no one on the left actually listens to him...right?


  • hells littlest angel on May 09, 2012 2:50 PM:

    I hear Marcus Bachmann is out on a dirndl shopping spree.

  • Dennis Sinclair on May 09, 2012 3:06 PM:

    Better have another drink of the blue Kool Aide, Ed. You're going to need it after November.

  • Kathryn on May 09, 2012 3:11 PM:

    lol, hell's little angel and a dirndl for the dog too to go with the sunglasses he got him the last day of the campaign. What a clan.

  • Quaker in a Basement on May 09, 2012 3:36 PM:

    Japanese “competitive eating circuit” star downs 42 cups of coffee in a couple of minutes.

    He'll be peeing nonstop for a week.

  • zandru on May 09, 2012 4:40 PM:

    The growing popularity of "competitive eating contests" (during an obesity epidemic, natch) is just one more sign of the Apocalypse.

  • millsapian87 on May 09, 2012 5:09 PM:

    Given the rising tendency of wealthy Americans to renounce their citizenship for tax purposes, maybe the Bachmanns are doing a little advance work for themselves in preparation for their retirement.


  • Dave Wales on May 09, 2012 7:06 PM:

    OK it's minor insensitivity rather then a gaffe, but Romney speaking in CO said how he wished he could take credit for the Red Sox winning the world series while he was Gov.

    I guess he figures it's fine since the Sox beat the Rockies the year after he left office.

  • cheapjokeahead on May 10, 2012 3:57 PM:

    Obama's poor showing in WV might have had something to do with his less than subtle campaign swing through in 2008:
    They're still holding a grudge when he made his campaign swing through there.