Political Animal


June 01, 2012 2:40 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Back at the hospital cafeteria for lunch and a half-hour of hysteria trying to get internet access. So a few items have piled up:

* Conservatives try to sound unhappy about May jobs report. Not very hard, though.

* Aside from Justice slap at Florida for voter purge, federal judge halts Florida’s restrictions on voter registration drives (rationalized by imagined ACORN threat).

* In other Florida Republican news, Jeb Bush “proves” he’s not going onto ticket by saying he would have defied Grover Norquist and supported the hypothetical ten-to-one spending-cuts-to-revenues deal presidential candidates rejected in debate.

* Well, at least Fed now unlikely to boost interest rates to head off inflation “threat.”

* Greenspan gives another boost to confidence fairy, warns of “investor revolt” against deficits. Why is this man still getting a hearing?

And in non-economic news:

* Vandy football coach finally apologizes for comments suggesting he hires assistants based on hotness of their wives.

Back very soon.

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.


  • ex-curm on June 01, 2012 3:01 PM:

    The NY Times, Colbert, Gawker, the New Yorker and harpers all have covered the Obama use of drones and the refusal of the Prez to release his Justice Department memo that authorizes him to kill Americans without due process. But there's no coverage here.

  • Quaker in a Basement on June 01, 2012 3:02 PM:

    " Greenspan gives another boost to confidence fairy, warns of “investor revolt” against deficits."

    Sounds to me like old Al' is endorsing an across the board tax increase.

  • j on June 01, 2012 3:23 PM:

    I am surprized there has not been more coverage of Romney's Solyndra mess yesterday, for anyonbe who does not know about it please watch Rachel Maddow segment from last night, it can be seen on Political Carnival and is worth watching.

  • T2 on June 01, 2012 3:34 PM:

    the disappointing part about the Solyndra thing was that no crowd was shown ( was there one? any reporters? any Q&A session? ) which indicates to me that it was a bungle that needed to be concealed from voters.
    Will Romney EVER have to answer any real Press Conference questions? I'm beginning to wonder.

  • Kathryn on June 01, 2012 5:04 PM:

    I've been thinking for some time that Romney is trying to "palinize" his way into the White House and the press is looking very complicit. Only Rachel is pointing out a lot of the crap that comes out of his mouth. That charade yesterday appeared to be a bus ride for the press, he lied egregiously about Salyndra being a boondoggle to aid friends and associates of administration, which is not true and there was no IG report saying so either. What do those clowns who travel with him report on if not his outrageous lies, what freaken goose, sauce or gander is he talking about. Obama campaign has not heckled him and why is he not challenged by his bull crap?