Political Animal


May 18, 2012 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

It’s Casual Friday here at my blogging post. Of course, every day is casual here at my blogging post. Here’s some treats for those of you who have to wear Big Person Clothes to work:

* I’ve got a new TNR column up today examining the lessons of the Nebraska Senate primary, and emphasizing the outsized ability of Super-PACs to influence down-ballot states in cheap media markets. Joe Ricketts may prove to be a trend-setter after all.

* Bill Clinton reportedly staying on sidelines in Charlie Rangel’s NY primary.

* DC Circuit upholds constitutionality of Voting Rights Act; case will now go to Supremes. How much ignominous history does John Roberts want to make this year?

* Birtherism just won’t go away: Arizona Secretary of State threatens to take Obama off ballot if he doesn’t “verify” birth certificate.

* Mitt just can’t help himself, can he? Presumptive nominee tells Floridians he considered their state as location for one of his houses.

And in non-political news:

* Delta Airlines offers New York Rangers fans free flight to playoff game—20 miles away.

Back in a few.

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.


  • T2 on May 18, 2012 2:05 PM:

    Arizona wants to verify Obama's birth cert? I can't remember any other black president having to put up with this kind of smear as much as Obama has.

  • stormskies on May 18, 2012 2:08 PM:

    * Birtherism just won’t go away: Arizona Secretary of State threatens to take Obama off ballot if he doesn’t “verify” birth certificate.


    And the sadistic sickness of these delusional Repiglicans carries on ..........

  • DJ on May 18, 2012 2:37 PM:

    United had a contest during the Cubs-White Sox series where the winner got a flight from -- wait for it -- O'Hare to Midway.

  • RT on May 18, 2012 2:38 PM:

    "Delta Airlines offers New York Rangers fans free flight to playoff game—20 miles away."

    Am I the only one who is reminded of US Airways' unscheduled flight from LaGuardia to the Hudson River?

  • Robert on May 18, 2012 3:10 PM:

    Can't spell 'crazy' without R AZ.

  • Robert on May 18, 2012 3:18 PM:

    Read up on Az AG Bennett. He is a classic right wing nut Rethug hypocrite.

    Oh btw- LDS too.


  • Robert on May 18, 2012 3:20 PM:

    Correction: Bennett is Secy/State

  • Robert on May 18, 2012 3:25 PM:

    Oh My! Mr. Bennett, did your son learn this at home? What is it about LDS and brutal hazing?


    Families outraged at legislator's son's plea deal
    Assault penalty called too soft
    Robert Anglen
    The Arizona Republic
    Apr. 2, 2006 12:00 AM
    The son of Arizona's Senate president confessed that he and another counselor shoved broomsticks and flashlights into the rectums of 18 boys in at least 40 incidents at a youth camp in June.

    Now Yavapai County prosecutors say they will drop all but one assault charge and likely recommend little or no jail time if 18-year-old Clifton Bennett agrees to plead guilty.

    A similar agreement has been offered to co-defendant Kyle Wheeler, 19, who faces an additional assault charge for choking three of the boys until they passed out.

  • T2 on May 18, 2012 3:29 PM:

    Bennett is LDS huh. Interesting. I always considered LDS people to be kind of mild mannered...but it would seem there is some crazy mixed in there. They'd sure love to have a LDS president, I know that.

  • Peter C on May 18, 2012 4:55 PM:

    There is something deeply disfunctional about having partisan operatives in charge of elections.

    If Bennett remains personally unconvinced by information from Hawaii, what is the appeal process? Some birthers regard Obama's ineligibility as an article of faith and reject all evidence which contradicts their beliefs. Just read the comment threads when birther topics are raised; there is nothing which will convince some of these people. If Bennett is one - what then?????

    Elections are run at the state level, yet, this is an issue which crosses state lines. If a partisan zealot can keep my candidate off the ballot in Arizona, is my vote in another state not unduly diluted?

    They can't win in a free and fair election, and they know it. That's why they are cheating like this. Moreover, they don't care about democracy; they care solely about winning.

  • DRF on May 18, 2012 5:08 PM:

    Bennett seems to be something of an idiot. The State of Hawaii has previously issued whatever legal document they routinely issue that is the equivalent of a certified copy of a birth certificate, and they have gone to the unusual step of releasing a copy of the original document. I can't imagine that there is anything more that could be issued that would be a "verification". Presumably, no present employee of the relevant department in Hawaii was around when Obama was born who could submit an affidavit of personal knowledge.

    I have to assume that a state or Federal court will very quickly order Bennett to include Obama's name on the ballot. The notion that a partisan state official could deprive millions of voters in the state of the right to vote for their chosen candidate in a national election because of an arbitrary refusal to accept the existing evidence of birth is absolutely outrageous and totally undemocratic.

  • DRF on May 18, 2012 5:21 PM:

    Romney truly is a creep. Aside from the blatant pandering--we considered having one of our many houses in Florida--his stated reason makes one gag. The right tax rate? Really? The guy who's worth several hundred million dollars would move to Florida to avoid having to pay state income tax? That's just disgustingly cheap.

  • G.Kerby on May 18, 2012 5:28 PM:

    This is rich. Maybe he hasn't heard that Hawaii is now a state? McCain was NOT born in the US, but no one cared. And Williard Romney is an "anchor baby" ... which these teabaggers frown upon. But no outcry there.

  • Doug on May 18, 2012 8:06 PM:

    U.S. Constitution:
    Article IV, Section 1.
    "Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, RECORDS and Judicial proceedings of every other State..."(my emphasis)
    Section 2.
    The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of citizens in the several States."
    * * * * *
    Amendment XIV
    Section 1. All persons born or natiuralized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States...No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States..."

    If AZ SecState BHennett wishes to keep President Obama off the ballot, Bennett is the one who must PROVE that the President wasn't born in Hawai'i.
    Trust a Republican to get it backwards...

  • JoanneinDenver on May 19, 2012 2:23 PM:

    Thank you, Doug.

  • Atoneeesomy on November 01, 2012 7:09 AM:

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