Political Animal


June 13, 2012 12:32 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

About to head back to the lighter cuisine of California this afternoon, but here’s one more serving of luncheon side dishes from Georgia (no Chick-Fil-A today!):

* More complaints from right-wing bloggers about their harassment by “liberals.” If you want to know about harassment, ask anyone who blogs while female.

* Sheldon Adelson makes a $10 million gesture of atonement to Mitt Romney for his financing of Newt Gingrich’s primary attack ads.

* Chuck Grassley, who has been in the Senate for 32 years, does not seem to understand unanimous consents to a voice vote; demands re-vote on judicial nominee.

* TPM’s Eric Lach runs through seven donors who have given over a million smackers to progressive Super-PACs.

* Mitt Romney’s problems in identifying commonly consumed baked goods continue.

And in non-political news:

* Metallica enlisted by FBI to help track down killer of Virginia Tech student slain after concert.

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.


  • TCinLA on June 13, 2012 1:02 PM:

    I love harassing wingnuts - questioning their manhood, their intelligence, their intellect, their inability to spell, their poor social skills, their inability to ever get laid (or even meet women to begin with), their public celebrations of their ignorance, their "patriotism," etc. They get so serious about it! Eventually though, it's like shooting fish in a barrel: you can get a really high score, but it's ultimately not much of an achievement since there's no real contest. You're always having to go look for another one.

  • Kathryn on June 13, 2012 1:11 PM:

    Too bad it wasn't Grassley who got dumped instead of Lugar, every time I hear him speak or read of his actions, he seems dull witted in the extreme, time to hang it up Chuck.

  • anonymous gal on June 13, 2012 1:15 PM:

    And I love the random debate with the hapless wingnut, agree--no contest. Usually they get mad and leave (unable to debate)

    And...Yep--Andrea Mitchell is at it again on her coveted msnbc program, once more taking pot-shots at our president, this time with the always willing detractor Chris Cilizza from The Fix....he certainly has done his best to diminish Democrats on "Morning Joe" or "Run Down with Chuck Todd'--both Andrea and Chris grinnin' about this and that, all obvious Republican talk and support for Romney. Over-rated and obvious.
    Reminds me of Bush 1999-2000 and 2003-4-- and how the media acted.
    And look at how well that worked out--NOT.

  • jsjiowa on June 13, 2012 1:48 PM:

    The Grassley link gets a 404 error.

    [fixed, thank you - mod.]

  • T2 on June 13, 2012 2:13 PM:

    yeah, Mitchell had a segment today purporting to show that Obama lies as much as Romney does using out-of-context clips. Very newsworthy. Both sides do it, yada, yada, yada. She also spent some time telling us how much trouble the Obama campaign is in for being associated with.....Obama.

  • TCinLA on June 13, 2012 2:16 PM:

    You have to remember what idiot Andrea is married to.

  • exlibra on June 13, 2012 2:33 PM:

    I hope this makes the circuit of the "lefty blogs" (can't hope for it getting attention of the larger "liberal media"). Who needs voter suppression and screwy voting machines, if you can just ignore the -- rightfully elected -- members of the opposing party?


  • sinclair on June 13, 2012 2:42 PM:

    Perusing the list of harrowing experiences suffered by the noble yet downtrodden right-wing blogger I can't help but notice a highly-elevated sense of grandiosity - incidentally a hallmark of pathological individuals - that seems to belie their actual importance, which lies roughly between underwater basket-weaving forums and homemade lolcat aggregation sites, with the rambunctious kittens edging them out slightly. If only you were that important. And given the mental state of some of these folks I'm not fully sure a thorough examination of crawlspaces by local law enforcement wouldn't turn up some interesting items, if not Jimmy Hoffa at least some musty Reagan biographies with the pages stuck together scattered amongst empty whippet tubes. I think that's at least a misdemeanor. Michelle Malkin had to move?!? That's not persecution, idiot, it's karma. And people are not "harassing" you, they are mocking you. There's a difference.

  • Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage on June 13, 2012 2:50 PM:

    "* More complaints from right-wing bloggers about their harassment by “liberals.” If you want to know about harassment, ask anyone who blogs while female."...

    It's really disappointing to go to the site mentioned and see that all the comments take the post at its face value. Never any questioning, and much of it simply more attacks on how horrible all "liberals" are. As if there is a factory in California stamping out copies, inserting programming.

    I suppose if anyone does't like what any of the people quoted say, then they MUST be liberals. Anyone does anything wrong, they MUST be liberals. Not possibly just some crazy person.

    No. If your not a Right Wing Republican, your a liberal. I guess we are back to Bush's "If your not with us, your against us".

    Only one person suggests that this happens to both the left and right. He is soundly ignored.

    Here is a sample of intelligent right wing comments:
    "There really is only oneway to combat these leftist tactics: Shoot the bastar*s, then claim self-defense."

  • Patango on June 13, 2012 3:18 PM:

    Grassley , who is a (term limits ) tea bagger now , after 32 years in the senate , championed an indoor rainforest in our liberal area of eastern iowa here back about 2003 , and we LIBERALS raised such a stink about what a $50 million joke it was , he got mad and took it out to the conservative western iowa ,were they would appreciate his big government spending

  • Eisbaer on June 13, 2012 6:02 PM:

    To many (if not most) right-wingers, having the unmitigated audacity to state opinions contrary to theirs is tantamount to "harassing" them.