Political Animal


June 06, 2012 8:00 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

This is for my stepfather, who died yesterday: Charles Alford, a proud Marine, faithful Georgia Bulldog, and passionate Democrat. RIP, Chuck.

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.


  • Werewolf on June 06, 2012 8:10 AM:

    May God comfort you and your family among all who mourn.

  • Gregory on June 06, 2012 8:11 AM:

    I'm sorry for your loss.

  • daveminnj on June 06, 2012 8:11 AM:

    i'm so sorry.

  • Emily on June 06, 2012 8:16 AM:

    I am so sorry. I will be thinking of you and your family. No matter how long we're alive or how old we get, there's no getting used to death. Deepest, deepest sympathy.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on June 06, 2012 8:17 AM:

    My condolences, Ed. May his legacy remain with you.

  • estamm on June 06, 2012 8:22 AM:

    Very sorry to hear that. Please take a few days off... I'm sure that you have gone through a lot in the last days/weeks.

  • Skip on June 06, 2012 8:25 AM:

    My condolences, Ed, to you and your family.

  • martin on June 06, 2012 8:43 AM:

    My condolences.

  • RD Padouk on June 06, 2012 8:43 AM:

    Condolences and confidence that his life was well lived.

  • berttheclock on June 06, 2012 8:55 AM:

    To the few, to the proud, to your father. Deepest sympathy for your loss, but, he helped raise a fine son and lived his life to the fullest.

  • Elizabeth on June 06, 2012 8:57 AM:

    Sorry for your loss and the all you are going through right now. Peace and blessings.

  • your host on June 06, 2012 9:03 AM:

    condolences to you and your family

  • AK Liberal on June 06, 2012 9:07 AM:

    I'm sorry for your loss. May you and your family be peaceful and happy.

  • Stetson Kennedy on June 06, 2012 9:11 AM:


    So sorry to hear about your stepdad. We need more democrats like him! May your faith bring you comfort.

  • Robert on June 06, 2012 9:14 AM:

    Condolences on your and your family's loss.

  • Patango on June 06, 2012 9:17 AM:

    Hope you have time to go spend with your family Ed

  • Chat Noir on June 06, 2012 9:39 AM:

    My condolences to you and your family, Ed. I lost my dad at the end of March so I understand what you're going through now.

  • Russell Sadler on June 06, 2012 9:44 AM:

    My sympathies, Ed, to you and your family. I lost my Dad in '99 and I still miss him. Get the job done and come back to us.

  • R. Porrofatto on June 06, 2012 9:53 AM:

    My condolences. In these benighted times we can use all the proud, faithful, and passionate people we can get. And it doesn't hurt if they're also ex-Marines, Democrats, and even Georgia Bulldogs.

  • stinger on June 06, 2012 10:15 AM:

    Sincerest condolences to you, your mother, and all who loved him. And appreciation for his services to the country he loved.

  • char on June 06, 2012 10:23 AM:

    Many condolences to you and your family.

    I've really appreciated the fact that the Monthly has been so flexible with your blogging schedule during this difficult time. I hope you're able to take all the time that you need.

  • SBcardinal on June 06, 2012 10:56 AM:

    Condolences to you and your family, Ed. As a Marine brat, I'm sending a booming "Semper Fi". (@R.Porrofatto, there are no ex-Marines. Once a Marine, always a Marine.)

  • exlibra on June 06, 2012 10:56 AM:

    So sorry for your loss, Ed. Take care of your Mom now, don't worry so much about us.

  • revchicoucc on June 06, 2012 11:13 AM:

    Joining all the others, Ed, to offer condolences. I hope you, your mom, and all those who loved Chuck will feel the comfort of God's presence.

  • Jim Strain on June 06, 2012 11:28 AM:

    Sincere condolences, Ed, to you and your whole family. As a step-dad myself, I've been touched by your devotion. Best wishes always.

  • R.L. Alitheia on June 06, 2012 11:51 AM:


    My prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family, even now, as they have been the last several days. I woke up and checked the site, hoping not to see this news. May you find peace in this difficult time.

  • JR on June 06, 2012 1:43 PM:

    My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Maybe this will provide some balm to your soul - "I'll Fly Away" performed by the Sons of the Never Wrong...

  • c u n d gulag on June 06, 2012 2:08 PM:

    My sincerest condolences.

    My own father passed away not even 7 weeks ago, and I'm just starting to make some headway.
    I still miss him terribly, and I always, always will.

    The next week or so will be the worst. Particularly the evening, and day after, the funeral. All of the planning and busy work will be done.
    After that, it'll be dealing with his affairs, and the rest of the surviving family members.

    Things will get better - at least that's what I keep telling myself.

  • Dee Loralei on June 06, 2012 4:22 PM:

    Condolences on your loss Ed. And to all who loved him

  • KJ on June 06, 2012 7:08 PM:

    I am so sorry for your loss.