Political Animal


June 04, 2012 6:15 PM Days End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Another day of tests, procedures, hopes, fears, confusion and waiting at two hospitals. But the world rolls on, and here are a few news leftovers:

* Chaos and even violence at the Louisiana GOP Convention over the weekend as Paulites and their detractors clashed and fought over obscure rules.

* Romney suggests private business experience should be prerequisite for future presidents. That would have disqualified about half our past presidents, including Ike, Lincoln, Wilson, Madison, Jackson, and perhaps (gasp!) Reagan.

* Some local election boards in Florida halt voter “purge” after Justice Department warnings.

* AIG exec suggests raising global retirement age to 80. What a prince.

* Team Mitt defends jobs record in Massachusetts on grounds that he inherited a bad situation. Seriously.

And in non-political news:

* 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer released by Rockies, mulls future options (and he has them!).

I’ll be back tomorrow with the Wisconsin end-game, God willing.


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.


  • HelpThe99ers on June 04, 2012 6:44 PM:

    Ronald Reagan's seven terms as President of the Screen Actor's Guild (Hollywood! Unions!) would be more than enough to disqualify "Ronaldus Magnus" from today's GOP, let alone from presidential contention.

  • TCinLA on June 04, 2012 6:54 PM:

    Definitely read that interview with the AIG Chairman. The bastard would be living in a box under a freeway overpass but for the government bailout of his company and failure to pursue him for his criminal malfeasance, and he has the balls to make these comments?

    Further proof that the 1% need to make the acquaintance of the guillotine.

  • RalfW on June 04, 2012 7:23 PM:

    That Romney would so casually soil the Constitution just points out how utterly far from conservative the modern GOP is.

    I mean really, the Constitution is not a web ad for a job. "Must have 3+ years management experience, wiling to travel, work after hours and weekends. Excellent pension benefits."

    The notion is crass and self-serving and really cheapens a core document of our Republic. Bah!

  • JR on June 04, 2012 8:02 PM:

    Ed, I just want to express my gratitude for your continued blogging in what sounds like a difficult situation.

    Bless you and your loved ones...

  • Anonymous on June 04, 2012 8:12 PM:

    Romney suggests private business experience should be prerequisite for future presidents.

    W had private business experience. That worked out real f*cking well didn't it.

  • Heather on June 04, 2012 8:15 PM:

    I concur with JR...this is obviously a very difficult time for you Ed. You and your family are in my prayers. Thanks for keeping up the blog through it all.

  • Kathryn on June 04, 2012 8:16 PM:

    Mitt Romney almost makes you nostalgic for George W. Bush, should he win, he will be one of the most detested presidents in history, he's right up there with Dick Cheney in pure evil, a detestable, soulless bully. Here's hoping the Paulites disrupt the convention in Tampa, they have potential, Romney better have plenty of brown shirts on security detail.

  • Kathryn on June 04, 2012 8:22 PM:

    Not seriously nostalgic for Bush, of course, point being that W appears to be human and Romney most definitely is not.

  • AgentS on June 04, 2012 9:59 PM:

    Oh those Paul-bots and RMoney Fascists... Can't leave 'em alone for a minute!
    The LAGOP should have sold tickets and settled the matter in a cage match!

  • Joe Friday on June 04, 2012 10:58 PM:

    Whenever I hear a politician say I'm a businessperson and I will run government like a business, I run as fast as I can in the other direction.

    First, the purpose of a business is to make a profit. The purpose of government is to serve.

    Second, it's been my experience that the vast majority of business people haven't a clue how the national economy functions. They are completely unaware that unlike a business that can cut expenditures in a down economy, government must spend more. They are ignorant of tax policies and their ramifications. They are ignorant of regulatory policies and their ramifications. They are ignorant of the scope and depth of the federal budget.

    As a general rule, business people are horrible at governing.

  • Tired Liberal on June 05, 2012 12:07 AM:

    I would love to see the CEO of AIG doing manual labor for minimum wage for a few years and then see if he still thinks a retirement age of 70 or 80 is reasonable.

  • Emily on June 05, 2012 7:47 AM:

    Having just spent the week at the hospital with my grandmother, I have so much sympathy for what you're going through, Ed. Obviously you've never met me, but you and your family are in my thoughts. That you've been able to blog while all this is going on is commendable.

  • K in VA on June 05, 2012 9:22 AM:

    Reagan? Not only no business experience, but he once headed (gasp!) a union!

  • RT on June 05, 2012 10:01 AM:

    Regarding Jamie Moyer's future options: It's been said that if you're left-handed and you can breathe, there's a major league roster spot for you somewhere.

  • goterpsgo on June 05, 2012 10:04 AM:

    What about birth certificates? Don't some voters want birth certificates too? I'm waiting to see Romney's - I'm not convinced he's human.