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June 28, 2012 7:15 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry for the delay in this post, but when I was, literally, on the last sentence, the power went out, leaving me without a desktop or internet access. Since the weather was perfect, I’m guessing the local road improvements—via, I’d guess, the last spasm of stimulus dollars-were the culprit.

This lengthened an already very long day, involving not just the usual Benen-Standard psycho-blogging, but two pieces for TNR and a weekly Election Update for PPI. So I’m fried, but there is more:

* Brother Benen points out usefully that the radicalism of the four dissenters in the ACA case is a warning sign of what could happen if they add a fifth.

* In Europe, the worst could be yet to come tomorrow at the EU Summit. By the weekend, we could all have forgotten about health care reform.

* Back on health reform, Think Progress has a good summary of initial Roberts-hate by conservatives.

* And on the same lines, Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for governor of Indiana and someone most conservatives would have preferred to Mitt Romney, told House colleagues Court decision was comparable to 9/11. He later apologized for analogy, presumably after his campaign manager threatened suicide.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses economic case for student loan forgiveness legislation.

And in non-political news:

* Beckham left off British Olympic team. Sad for him, but I doubt he’ll starve.

I’m done for this long-awaited day. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring other than fallout from today, but that might well be enough.


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.


  • Ron Byers on June 28, 2012 7:39 PM:

    Brother Benen points out usefully that the radicalism of the four dissenters in the ACA case is a warning sign of what could happen if they add a fifth.

    I heard some talking heads on MSNBC opining that the fact Roberts was the deciding justice takes away the progressive worry that the Supreme Court is going dangerously ideological. That is crap, but there you are. The inside the all knowing inside the beltway boys are already setting the plate for a progressive retreat into complacency.

    By the way the same "smart guys" were claiming that today was a giant victory for the Republicans and Romney. Andrea Mitchell seemed to be nodding her head in knowing agreement.

    Oh, well, Democrats are always looking for the dark cloud behind every silver lining.

  • Joe Friday on June 28, 2012 9:29 PM:

    The other day Scalia read from the bench, declaring that the majority opinion "boggles the mind". I'm afraid that Tony's mind was boggled a looooooong time ago.

  • N.Wells on June 28, 2012 10:20 PM:

    The fires in Colorado are horrifying: the images out of Colorado Springs are particularly sad. However, if and when Colorado Springs comes asking for disaster relief funds, I'm considering feeling really stingy. This was the community that gave us TABOR and the new right-wing christian "I've got mine, you look out for yourself" worldview. Their distaste for taxes forced them to cut back on police and firefighters, and I'm getting progressively more steamed with transferring blue-region $$$ to support red-region anti-government types. If they ask really nicely, perhaps I'd favor sending some marshmallows.

    Well, no, send the usual federal assistance, but the rant felt good.