Political Animal


June 15, 2012 6:10 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Boy, the news cycle really picked up this afternoon, didn’t it? And I’ll bet a lot of regular readers were off dealing with their lives and planning (or beginning) their weekends. You hard-core PA junkies will have the final tidbits all to yourselves:

* Santorum endorses Hatch primary opponent in Utah. Maybe he doesn’t want to be HHS Secretary after all.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes Arne Duncan is criticizing tuition-raising public colleges as well as perennial high-cost private schools.

* In an article posted apparently just before he went to the Rose Garden and heckled the president, DC’s Neil Munro rages against Obama’s alleged efforts to “downplay” the DREAM Lite initiative. Wrong again, jackass: this is a master political coup, and you know it.

* Obama’s stopped calling Romney “Governor.” Well, if Mitt’s going to pretend his governorship never happened, why should his opponent dignify its existence?

* Speaking of Mitt: Obama’s immigration initiative did indeed partially smoke Romney out: he’s now totally with Marco Rubio in accepting permanent presence of some of the undocumented.

* Culture wars redux: Glenn Beck vows to destroy Glee, apparently via competition. That should be fun.

And in non-political news:

* Jenny McCarthy accidentally sends nude pix intended for boyfriend—to her dentist. Chelsea Handler will have great sport with that incident.

That’s it for a week that began sad and bad and is now concluding semi-normally. Tomorrow we will welcome a new voice to our weekend rotation: Randolph Brickey, who’s written for Campus Progress, the Boston Globe, and our own College Guide, and is now an attorney in a solo practice in NoVa. Please welcome him warmly to PA.

And on Sunday, Elon Green will be back.

Have a weekend. I will. And if you are feeling the least bit prosperous, please donate. Thanks, and:


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.


  • Anonymous on June 15, 2012 6:34 PM:

    is obama putting a new topic monthly this year? well, not maybe entirely.
    at least obama team seems to be able to frame/re-frame each month to these specific issues for the news media to focus on and then move on.

    jan: pass the payroll tax cut
    Feb: contraception coverage for all women "war on women"
    march: Buffett Rule
    april: student loan interests
    may: gay marriage (unintended) /bain capital
    June: temp work visas for young undocumented immigrants

    i'm waiting for cayman islands... talking of tax fairness.
    maybe specific topics from education and infrastructure.

  • gus on June 15, 2012 7:00 PM:

    I just had to post because the captcha sez: “charlemagne”

    What I’ve been trying to get at in a few comments I’ve made here might be borne out with this immigration announcement. The GOP is at such a breaking point, a boiling point given its diverse, conflicting interests that the most unstable ones and some of the others will react in ways that will turn some voters off and will take up some news cycles in ways Romney’s campaign won’t want.

    It doesn’t matter how disciplined Romney’s campaign is, with all of the Super PACs and the talking heads and the ones who make political statements and do stunts will only help Obama’s re-election chances.

    And, I’m less concerned with his coattails as much as the same effect could sometimes bode well down the ticket. We’ll see about that. God knows most congress people, including Democrats who can indeed be spectacular in their scandals, can screw up enough when left to their own devices.

  • stinger on June 15, 2012 8:00 PM:

    Ed, best wishes for you and your family as you continue to adjust to your loss.

  • smartalek on June 16, 2012 1:13 AM:

    "Jenny McCarthy accidentally sends nude pix intended for boyfriend—to her dentist."

    Okay, we've all heard of the concept of vagina dentata, but it was never meant to be taken literally, was it?
    Not exactly the cavity he was expecting to be filling, huh?
    ADA finally get serious in trying to reverse infamously high suicide rate among dentists.
    You should see what she sent her OB-GYN.

    I got a million of 'em.

  • J on June 16, 2012 6:34 AM:

    Interesting information on National Memo, Romney got $20.000.00 for every worker fired by Bain.
    No wonder he has to keep finding new countries to hoard his money.

  • POed Lib on June 16, 2012 10:19 AM:

    Jenny McCarthy has about a million nude pics out there. Finding a nude pic of JM is like finding sand at the beach. If her dentist wanted to, he could easily find other pics of her, in many places.