Political Animal


July 10, 2012 6:29 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

The news pace today is best reflected by the fact that my preferred aggregator is still at this moment featuring the ABC-WaPo poll showing that nothing’s changed lately. But here are some scraps I’ve salvaged:

* Hasn’t got much attention lately, but five more major corporations have stopped donations to ALEC after Trayvon Martin shooting, including Meg Whitman’s HP.

* Charlie Cook thinks Romney is dangerously conceding identification of his own self to the Obama campaign.

* New York Times’ Trip Gabriel previews tomorrow’s Romney address to NAACP.

* TPM’s Sahil Kapur notes Joint Tax Committee finding that only 3.5% of small businesses would face higher rates under Obama proposal to return to Clinton-era rates for high earners.

* I’m in a bit of a Twitter War w/ Mickey Kaus over my description of Pat Caddell as a “concern troll.” If you are a tweeter, good time to follow me (@ed_kilgore) and WaMo (@washmonthly). If you’re not, consider it. Twitter won’t bite, and it’s inherently less self-revealing than Facebook.

And in non-political news:

* MLB All-Star game on tonight, from KC. I may watch, if only to catch up on my vast recent ignorance about the Summer Game’s current stars.


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.


  • Cajsa on July 10, 2012 10:36 PM:

    Yeah, but Mickey is a concern troll, too.

  • Abrxas on July 11, 2012 2:55 AM:

    Kaus is a douche. You win.

  • Ron Byers on July 11, 2012 8:27 AM:

    I think Charlie Cook is right. He wish he would keep his mouth shut. No matter, the Romney handlers are an arrogant and incompetent bunch, they won't notice Charlie.

  • Allan Snyder on July 11, 2012 10:57 AM:

    Someone beat me to it. No surprise that "Democratic" concern troll extraordinaire Kaus would defend fellow troll Caddell. Kaus might be even more desperate for attention, if that's possible.

  • Allan Snyder on July 11, 2012 11:03 AM:

    Actually, I'm not even sure if Kaus considers himself a Democrat anymore. Maybe just one of those folks who considers himself above it all, standing for nothing.
    All I know is that I stopped reading anything Kaus wrote over ten years ago, when he actually seemed to have difficulty deciding between Bush and Gore. Anyone who struggles with that decision is neither a progressive nor a Democrat.

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