Political Animal


June 19, 2012 6:02 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

It’s been a beautiful blue-sky day here in central California—but another less-than-inspiring day of political news. Some final items follow:

* Scratch another name from the veep-list: Mitch Daniels to become president of Purdue University.

* Allen West doubles down on equation of “progressives” with “communists.” Not sure whether he’s following the Bircher or the Beckite train on this one—or both.

* Pakistani Supreme Court “dismisses” prime minister and effectively fires his cabinet. Not good a good place for a major constitutional crisis.

* Pew reports Asians eclipsing Hispanics as largest group of newly arriving immigrants.

* Bob Bauer (a.k.a., the president’s lawyer) asks FEC to compel Rove’s Crossroads GPS to disclose donors.

And in non-political news:

* Mike Tyson takes his one-man-show to Broadway.

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice—the longest day of the year. Hope it’s not the longest day in terms of paucity of news. Indeed, some good news would be refreshing.


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.


  • DIane Rodriguez on June 19, 2012 6:50 PM:

    Mitch Daniels was never a contender for VP. He couldn't pass muster what with his wife leaving him for another man, which is bad enough, but Lord, then he took her back. Absolutely no control over those lady parts. Not to mention his own personal wimp factor is off the charts.

  • Just Dropping By on June 19, 2012 6:56 PM:

    Daniels was never a credible VP candidate in the current electoral cycle, especially not with Romney as the nominee. His father is Arab-American (Maronite Christian) and he's previously received the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service from the Arab-American Institute. Search "mitch daniels arab american" in Google and you'll find about a third of the search results on the first two pages are right-wing sites "outing" him. Given that Romney is going to be heavily dependent on base turnout, he could not possibly have risked picking Daniels as VP.

  • Joel on June 19, 2012 7:59 PM:

    Remind me why I should care what Allen West says about anything. Is there any daylight between Allen West, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin? Charter members of the whackjob clown car. Why keep giving any of these tired publicity hounds the attention they crave? Please stop.

  • j on June 19, 2012 8:00 PM:

    Now that Pawlenty's name is being tossed around as a possible veep, it reminded me of his obstruction and veto of a highway bill in his state which some people think was
    a factor in the bridge collapse when many were killed and injured.
    Seems like this should be a cautionary tale for repubs who are blocking our highway bill.

  • pea on June 19, 2012 8:01 PM:

    Want to hear more about compelling Rove's group to ID big donors. Yeah.

  • Zorro on June 19, 2012 8:53 PM:

    Not sure whether [West]’s following the Bircher or the Beckite train on this one—or both.

    He's following the batsh*t train.

    Romney/West '12!

  • mudwall jackson on June 19, 2012 9:10 PM:

    just a hypothetical ... if rove would disclose his donor list and include the name of someone who never actually contributed a dime, could that person sue for defamation of character?

  • bluestatedon on June 19, 2012 9:33 PM:

    The Bircher and Beckite trains are essentially one and the same; the only difference is what decade they were prominent in. Glenn Beck, the Teabaggers, the Christian Dominionists, the Tenthers, and all the other nuts comprising the dominant faction of the GOP are the direct philosophical heirs of the John Birch Society loons of the 50s and 60s.

  • Neildsmith on June 20, 2012 4:59 AM:

    Here's another great link with CNBC's Joe Keirnan blasting climate change as a hoax.


    This was posted online in the NYTimes business section this morning. Forget for a moment the silliness of the debate, this is CNBC - part of NBC/GE - stoking climate denial on one of their programs. This is the same company that owns MSNBC and puts out liberal heroes like Chris Hayes, Ed Schulz and Rachel Madow.

    Now ask yourself what kind of hypocrisy in a company like NBC allows it to put out this sort of politically charged nonsense? A company that's not interested in journalism or fact based reporting... It's one that's only interested in stirring up facke debates between hacks for ratings. Don't tell me all the people at NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC aren't effing useless hypocrites.

  • bob h on June 20, 2012 6:32 AM:

    For good news, how about Obama up on Romney by 13 in new Bloomberg poll?

  • j on June 20, 2012 10:15 AM:

    Why is everyone getting their knickers in a twist over Rubio, was he an 'anchor baBY' he was born when his parents were over here, but not citizens, he also has a history of financial irregularities, lying about his life story, and what legislation has he passed in his short senate career?
    I hear his grandfather was deported from the US.

  • James M on June 20, 2012 10:16 AM:

    The Right Never Sleeps?

    It's funny: My understanding is that the Republican/Democrat/Independent split in the U.S. is about 40/40/20. If that is the case, why is it that the comments sections of almost any online newspaper, television, or newsfeed site are dominated by wingnuts? They almost always are the first (and the majority of the )commenters.

    I usually don't read the comments sections, not because I don't want to hear opposing views, but because of the incoherent rage expressed in the comments.

  • pterosonus on June 20, 2012 11:08 AM:

    For a good larf click on the Allen West link and the read the comments. Stupidity on the march.

  • Skip on June 20, 2012 11:48 AM:

    pterosonus, not laughable, not at all. It isn't enough that elected officials with national exposure denegrate a select percentage of their own constitutents without offering workable solutions or fixing anything themselves (what is West's record in social improvement?), but that people follow this kind of talk, not because there's evidence that any communist activity is taking place in this nation, but because they have some pretense of agreement and today, agreement equals truth.

    What is West's problem? What is at the foundation of his continual rant against a generalized group of people? He can't even name names, he just points and says THEM and folks follow that pointing finger and say, Yeah, THEM. Agreement does not truth make.

    Inside the borders of our own nation, we have these kinds of voices gutting the US from the inside out. There's too many of these ugly non-productive voices now. Not funny at all.

  • bluestatedon on June 20, 2012 12:28 PM:

    "why is it that the comments sections of almost any online newspaper, television, or newsfeed site are dominated by wingnuts?"

    It's because the internet is flypaper for morons.

  • patronzo on June 20, 2012 12:39 PM:

    actually wednesday is not the longest day of the year. neither is any other day. all are 24-hrs long. it'd be more accurate to say that it's the longest time period between sunrise and sunset of any day during the year, or longest daytime or something like that