Political Animal


June 04, 2012 2:30 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Back in the intensive care waiting room, so this post was delayed a bit. Here’s some newsie dessert for your post-lunch enjoyment or annoyance, as the case may be:

* There are “Romney birthers” too, suspicious of his qualifications to be president; some think neither party’s candidates are legitimate. There’s no limit to The Crazy.

* CNN/ORC survey shows Romney’s favorable/unfavorable ratio rising, but still trailing Obama’s.

* Cardinal Dolan denies reports he authorized payments to pedophiles to leave priesthood when he was archbishop of Milwaukee.

* Conservatives complain about choice of former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt—who has been advising states on how to set up ObamaCare’s “exchanges”—to head transition team.

* My five big takeaways from the presidential primary season are available at TNR. I’m already battling some short memories and spin about how it all went down.

And in non-political news:

* Tiger Woods finally wins another tournament.

Back in a bit.

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.


  • T-Rex on June 04, 2012 2:51 PM:

    Ed, I seriously doubt you'll find many serious Romney "birthers," but there are lots of us who are delighted to serve Republicans a heaping spoonful of their own medicine and see how they like it. The fact is, there isn't a single objection that has been raised against Obama's birth certificate that can't be raised with just as much (or as little) justification against Romney's. So, hold them to the same standards of proof they've demanded from Obama. Insist on it. Long form, please. Your father's birth certificate too, to prove that he was a citizen. And your grandfather's. And produce written proof that he DIDN'T renounce his citizenship when he emigrated to Mexico. Hey, I'm not saying he's not eligible, just raising reasonable questions. Why is he taking so long to comply, what has he got to hide?

  • Peter C on June 04, 2012 2:57 PM:

    A transition team, already, eh?

    Of course, we'll hear plenty of stories from the 'liberal media' today about how Romney is 'measuring the drapes', right? Right???


  • Tom B. on June 04, 2012 3:14 PM:

    Finally? Woods has won TWO tournaments this year, the Arnold Palmer before this one.

  • boatboy_srq on June 04, 2012 3:44 PM:

    Cardinal Dolan denies reports he authorized payments to pedophiles to leave priesthood when he was archbishop of Milwaukee.

    Poor, poor Tim Dolan. He really does belong back in the day: when the Mass was said in the original Latin, and the laity were mostly illiterate. Then these inconvenient little anti-Church allegations could be buried - er, handled properly.

    Oh, and BTW Mr. Kilgore, the link to the article quoted here goes to the Romney Birthers article on Buzzfeed. The line is pretty predictable (when did Dolan ever admit to his own wrongdoing? ESPECIALLY where business as usual - er, priests molesting children - is concerned), but the supporting evidence would be nice to get to without Teh Google.

  • c u n d gulag on June 04, 2012 3:57 PM:

    Good luck with your father.
    Hopefully he'll be back on his feet in no time. :-)

  • Steve P on June 04, 2012 8:01 PM:

    Here's the link on Doughlan:


    He's now on his way to Ireland, where the abuse scandals make the ones in the US look like a wet match. Great timing, Tim.