Political Animal


June 20, 2012 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Does the “longest day of the year” require an extra-long lunch break? Makes sense to me. Whether or not your boss agrees, here are some side dishes for your repast:

* Wesley Clark to host, Todd Palin to participate in, new military-oriented reality show called “Stars Earn Stripes.” Sign of the impending Apocalypse?

* New Bloomberg survey conducted by Selzer & Co. shows Obama with 53-40 lead. A likely outlier, but no more so than your average Ras poll.

* Keiran Healy of Crooked Timber pens hilarious Declaration parody on behalf of UVa board of visitors.

* Arizona SecState relapses, gabs about Obama conspiracy to cover up college records.

* Ron Paul refuses to endorse Romney, demands real debate at convention. Don’t hold your breath, Ron.

And in non-political news:

* Kristen Stewart tops Forbes’ “highest-paid actress” list; Cameron Diaz second.

Back very shortly to regular blogging.

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.


  • T2 on June 20, 2012 2:02 PM:

    I once held high hopes for Wesley Clark getting into the political arena for Democrats. But I guess, probably wisely, he decided politics wasn't for him. But a quizmaster in a game show with Todd Palin? Pretty lame. Looking back a few years, my wish for an Edwards/Clark ticket doesn't look to good anymore, does it?

  • Sean Scallon on June 20, 2012 2:05 PM:

    "Donít hold your breath, Ron."

    Nor will Paul supporters. Romney should think about that.

  • jjm on June 20, 2012 2:14 PM:

    Who's Kristen Stewart?

    And re: Wesley Clark: why is Todd Palin, who was part of a radical separatist group, permitted to somehow represent the military of the United States, not his secessionist Alaska? And why would Clark agree to appear with this weirdo?

  • c u n d gulag on June 20, 2012 2:18 PM:

    WTF is Clark thinking?

    Is this PTSD?

    Early-onset Senior Dementia?

  • bluestatedon on June 20, 2012 3:30 PM:

    What T2, jjm, and cund said about Clark and his participation in this freak show.

    What the hell is wrong with people?

  • Skip on June 20, 2012 4:44 PM:

    Another Palin with a reality show??? How many is that now? Oh, thank Gawd I don't have TV...

    I guess some gratefulness is due to the fact the Palins are feeding off Hollywood instead of soaking American taxpayers from inside the privileged circle of the Washington Beltway.

    If, IF, there is a bright spot in our future, it will be when Reality TV dies out and takes the talentless feckless Palins with it. No thanks to McCain for inflicting this family on the public. If it comes to that, may the It's-Our-Turn Romney clan heed the lesson of the Palins and maintain some fragment of digity while their daddy opens wide the door to the corporate gutting of America and the world beyond.

  • Anonymous on June 20, 2012 4:47 PM:

    I lift a beer to the once and perhaps future dream of humanity's enlightened advancement. 'Pers it ain't gonna happen just now. Too many people are shucking the responsiblity of cognative reasoning, hording their financial clams, and crawling willingly back into the uncaring primodial ooze. The Right is liberating America, their media freeing us from the chore of deciding for ourselves through thought and logic, their nationally televised fears setting free our inner most animal to run through the urban jungle angry and throwing poo at anyone who doesn't match our mirror image. Their exclusive policies have freed us from compromise and the labor of bettering ourselves, our communities, or our condition. We are free now to climb back into the trees and from this exceptional and elevated position, look down at the rest of the world as it leaves us behind.

  • smartalek on June 20, 2012 9:06 PM:

    If the name of the show is "Stars Earn Stripes," the implication is that Todd Palin somehow constitutes a "star."
    By what possible definition...
    Oh, I get it -- it's a comedy show....
    This generation's Gomer Pyle.
    Why didn't you say so?