Political Animal


June 18, 2012 5:35 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

When the top news story of the day is the SCOTUS-on-ObamaCare dog that did not bark, you know it’s a bit of a snoozer. But there are a few odds-and-ends that came across the transom kind of late:

* Speaking of dogs-not-barking, rumor has it Michael Bloomberg will remain neutral in the presidential race.

* Allen West “dejected” by Romney’s equivocation on immigration. Better get used to it, Allen.

* Still no progress on student loan interest rate deal.

* Latest Gallup daily tracking poll on presidential race dead even at 46%. Poll has shown no more than 1% difference between candidates for the last two weeks.

* Waldman mulls Obama options for making economic argument emotional.

And in non-political news:

* Roger Clemons acquitted on all charges of perjury.

Despite limited news, I enjoyed my first day of iMac blogging (thanks again, Dawn!). No crashes, more speed, and less peering at tiny icons on tiny tabs. I’ll be back bright and early tomorrow.


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.


  • Joy on June 18, 2012 6:21 PM:

    In my first week of iMac reading. I can't say the experience has been very rewarding. I hope it changes. I really want to love my Mac! There is quite a learning curve for me.

  • FriscoSF on June 18, 2012 6:36 PM:

    ...Latest Gallup daily tracking poll on presidential race dead even at 46%....

    Do thos totals include 'None of the Above' ??

  • Quaker in a Basement on June 18, 2012 6:41 PM:

    Allen West “dejected” by Romney’s equivocation on immigration.

    Every time I see this guy's name, I still think of Batman. Can't help myself.

  • skippy on June 18, 2012 9:43 PM:

    i blog every night on my ipad, ed. i also read your blog every morning, also on my ipad.

  • John Wilheim on June 19, 2012 8:11 AM:

    1. Any national polling on the presidential race is meaningless, as it is the Electoral College votes, not individual votes, that determine the election. Or did I miss when Al Gore received more votes nationally than George W. Bush and thus became president?
    2. It's Roger Clemens, with two e's, not Clemons.

  • bluestatedon on June 19, 2012 9:19 AM:

    For the love of God, what will it take for a nationally-prominent Democrat—forget the DNC, or Barack Obama himself—to directly challenge Republican critics of Obama's immigration move by quoting Saint Ronald Reagan's statement during his 1984 debate with Walter Mondale? Democrats have a golden opportunity to sow confusion and disagreement among the GOP ranks who endlessly pay lip service to their fantasy memories of The Gipper, but as usual Dems exhibit their utterly clueless incompetence at messaging and framing, even when they've got the natural advantage.

  • The Pale Scot on June 19, 2012 4:40 PM:

    If this is ur first mac you should check out two things,

    DL Onyx (free) or buy Cocktail to run your unix maintenance routines, if you keep the iMac on and awake all the time it's not necessary, the OS runs these at 3am.

    And get DiskWarrior, it repairs damaged HDs, since this is a work machine, I highly recommend it.

    I would have provided links but I'm unsure if it would have gotten past your spam filters.