Political Animal


June 25, 2012 1:31 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m not in the best shape today, insofar as I struggled to sleep last night (partly, no doubt, because I had just secured my copy of Phil Steele’s 2012 College Football Review) and then had to get up at 4:45 and start dealing with very light political news and then a slew of Supreme Court decisions and non-decisions. On top of everything else, I’m on a new diet, which means I couldn’t jet-fuel the morning with carbs. In any event, here are some tidbits from a quick survey of the menu:

* Interesting to see varying spin on the Supremes’ Arizona ruling. Politico has Court “clearing key part” of law; HuffPost says Court “gutted” it.

* Similar spin at work on election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate as Egypt’s president. Some say predictable turn in democratization; many conservatives shrieking about the “next Iran.”

* AP finally calls June 5 California tobacco tax initiative defeated, as it trails by 27,000 votes with 150k still to be counted.

* On the judicial disaster horizon: Texas federal judge rules that higher threshold for union representation elections in airline industry—set by Congress as part of deal to avoid FAA shutdown—must be applied retroactively to American Airlines workers.

* Halperin says Obama loses either way when Supreme Court decides health care case. Typical.

And in non-political news:

* Porn industry emulates news biz struggles with paywalls.

Back after another caffein injection.

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.


  • Patrick Star on June 25, 2012 1:57 PM:

    What a crackup - I just got MY copy of Phil Steele last night at Barnes & Noble (yes, there are still bookstores out there!). My son plays defensive back at one of our local JC's here in SoCal, and we are just crazy about college football. The Phil Steele College Football Preview is the BIBLE of college football - our copy is usually pretty dog-eared by mid-season. He's got Florida State #1 in his preseason Top 40 - I respectfully disagree. E.J. Manuel is the most overrated QB in the country. My son and I are hardcore Wisconsin fans, but we're hoping USC can get into the national championship game and knock off the SEC (sorry, Ed!).

  • j on June 25, 2012 2:13 PM:

    May I just say Halperin is a dick!

  • T2 on June 25, 2012 2:22 PM:

    Joe Klein was on Andrea Mitchell's MSNBC show, just back from a tour of the midwest. Klein says the populace is "mad a hell" at government. But said he couldn't find one, that's ONE, person who enthusiastically supported Romney. While he was saying that, MSNBC ran runner on the screen saying (paraphrased) "Romney taking advantage of Obama's bad week" . That's called "Both Sides"......a reporter says no one likes Romney so the Network goes a head and runs a on-screen saying Romney's doing fine.
    Something's not right about that. It's what I'll call dishonest.

  • Tom Hilton on June 25, 2012 2:36 PM:

    I predict that whichever way it goes, the decision will be good news for John McCain.

  • TCinLA on June 25, 2012 2:51 PM:

    Similar spin at work on election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate as Egypt’s president. Some say predictable turn in democratization; many conservatives shrieking about the “next Iran.”

    I guess none of these believers in either "democratization" or "the next Iran!" noticed that the Egyptian (Mubarak-appointed) Supreme Court totally destroyed the democratically-elected Egyptian Parliament two weeks ago, or that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces totally gutted the independent powers of the office of President a day later. The truth is, the election means nothing, because the Army and the Mubarak bureaucracy have overthrown the revolution.

    So there is no "democratization" and no "radical Islamist leader" to take Egypt into war with us. There will only be more of the same as was the case under Mubarak, with the military puppeteers pulling the strings backstage.

  • T2 on June 25, 2012 3:02 PM:

    the Egyptian election is an example of "Elections have Results"....that's how we got stuck with the TeaParty running our country.

  • Scott on June 25, 2012 3:14 PM:

    Phil Steele, huh? He gets pretty deep into the weeds. How he picks FSU I'll never know.
    And, sorry Patrick Starr, the SEC will rule once again.
    Roll Tide!