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June 25, 2012 6:32 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

As expected, not a great day to be a progressive American. But hope springs eternal. Here are some spare parts of news:

* Stateline’s Josh Goodman spotlights conservative effort to purge Florida Supreme Court justices.

* At Ten Miles Square, Don Taylor suggests that in an effort to appeal to middle-class voters, health care reform advocates may have foregone the moral power of the case for the uninsured.

* More for Threnodic Thursday: House vote on resolution charging Attorney General with contempt of Congress scheduled for June 28.

* At College Guide, Danny Vinik argues only big civil awards against Penn State can deter future abusers.

* OMG! Presidential primaries end tomorrow in Utah, and I almost didn’t notice! In real Utah race, Orrin Hatch heavily favored.

And in non-political news:

* Olive Garden “Taste of Tuscany” promotion deemed a failure. Red Lobster feels collateral damage.

Now time to forget about politics for a few hours.

Selah.

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.

Comments

  • TCinLA on June 25, 2012 6:57 PM:

    How could anyone NOT have contempt for this Congress?

    "Consider a Congressman. Then consider an idiot. Ah, but I repeat myself." -- Mark Twain, 1872

  • delNorte on June 25, 2012 7:15 PM:

    I wonder how Fox News and Tea Baggers will respond if SCOTUS kills the individual mandate, but upholds the rest of Health Care Reform? Since there seems to be little real understanding on the right as to what "Obamacare" actually is, will they claim victory if the court so rules?

    At this point, I'd be satisfied with such a ruling. The only way to "fix" the removal of the mandate would be legislatively, and I don't think the current House, led by Boehner, even has the ability to craft serious legislation, let alone pass a version of it acceptable to the Senate or the President.

  • James E. Powell on June 25, 2012 9:02 PM:

    Since there seems to be little real understanding on the right as to what "Obamacare" actually is, will they claim victory if the court so rules?

    If the supreme court unanimously upholds the entirety of the health care reform, Halperin, et al., will declare it to be good news for Mitt Romney because now he can run on 'repeal and replace' with no restraint.

    No matter what happens at least 50% of the commentariat declares it to be bad news for Obama.