Political Animal


July 03, 2012 1:31 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Don’t know about you, but my lunch plans include a Ritz cracker or two in honor of Andy Griffith, who died today.

Otherwise, the news pickings are slim:

* Dave Weigel notes that the Luntz phrase “patient-centered care” has popped back up into Republican discussions of their own health care policies.

* Chris Christie, probably detecting need for groundswell from his media fans, breaks rules by announcing availability for Veep gig.

* Anticipation building early for Friday’s June Jobs Report, expected to be relatively sour.

* Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh disparages war record of opponent Tammy Duckworth, Iraq war vet and double amputee. Salon’s Joan Walsh (presumably no relation) calls him “America’s most offensive congressman.”

* Greg Sargent evaluates trajectory and purpose of Obama campaign’s Bain ads.

And in non-political news:

* Analysts mull decline and probable fall of the BlackBerry.

Back to regular blogging shortly, but first a brief stroll down memory lane:

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.


  • martin on July 03, 2012 1:56 PM:

    More apropos for this site, A Face In The Crowd

  • scott_m on July 03, 2012 2:15 PM:

    Andy Griffith had many admirable qualities, among them being a good Democrat. In '08, he did a pro-Obama video with Ron Howard.

  • jjm on July 03, 2012 2:28 PM:

    Face in the Crowd was a masterpiece. The less said about the rest ...

    As for Walsh trying to imitate Saxy Chambliss: I hope he gets his head explodes when the outcome of his utter depravity is an overwhelming vote against him.

  • Patrick Star on July 03, 2012 2:31 PM:

    Budd Schullberg wrote "A Face In The Crowd" 50 years ago, but the same dark forces that have tried to hijack our democracy are alive and well and more determined than ever. Lonesome Rhodes would probably have his own TV show on Fox if he were around today. Andy Griffin was great in the movie; everybody thinks of him as the perennial nice guy, but he had some serious acting chops.

  • T2 on July 03, 2012 2:34 PM:

    the jobs report. If it announced 5 million jobs were added last month, the Republicans would say it proves Obama is a failure and has no Jobs Plan. The GOPers have put the word out at the local /state levels - do not hire anyone until the election. It is the only chance they have to elect Romney.

  • Joan on July 03, 2012 2:54 PM:

    There is a new video out telling about the Obama reforms in health care, it was made by Andy Griffith just before he died. Please see it!

  • Felicia on July 03, 2012 3:10 PM:

    I would love for Romney to pick Christie as his running mate. Outside of New Jersey and Republican circles, the guy has no appeal. He's abrasive. He's a bully. And if he event tries to bring up Solyndra, all dems have to do is bring up his buddy's halfway house scandal (and I'm sure there other Christie misdeeds I don't know about).

  • TCinLA on July 03, 2012 3:21 PM:

    For those only aware of "A Face In The Crowd" as showing off Andy Griffith's talent, I suggest you also take a look at "No Time For Sergeants," the adaptation of the Broadway play he first gained notice in. Also get his recording of "What it was, was football," but be sure to swallow all liquids before listening and fasten your seatbelt so you don't fall out laughing as hard as you will be.

    The really nice thing about Andy Griffith, for those of us fortunate to have ever met him, is he was exactly who you hoped he would be from what you had seen of him: a genuinely nice guy, and smart as hell (you don't have a career like he did being stupid, like Dean Martin would never have had the career he did being drunk).

  • ComradeAnon on July 03, 2012 4:42 PM:

    Just as Chambliss, d-bag that he will be til the day he dies and beyond, was willing to do whatever it took to get elected and be completely accepted by constituents and the press, Walsh will also take that road. Although Walsh does seem to be running for the d-bag of all d-bags.

  • T2 on July 03, 2012 4:50 PM:

    I think Christie would be a disaster. He's still relatively unknown away from the East Coast, but his abrasive short-fuse attitude doesn't make friends easily (if at all). Plus, he's really fat. Press releases have generally stayed with head shots, but when you see the whole guy.....a tub. I think Biden would have a field day debating him.

  • berttheclock on July 03, 2012 5:23 PM:

    Amazing the range of talent of Andy Griffith. How would anyone have predicted that a graduate of music, performer in light operas at UNC and a high school teacher, who had a sidelight of performing standup comedy for recordings, could break into Broadway and take a major lead away from such as those coming out of Actor's Studio. Mr Griffith did, when, he was cast in the teleplay of "No Time For Sergeants" for national viewing. He followed that by reprising his role on Broadway, where, he became friends with a young actor by the name of Don Knotts. Of course, he starred in the movie role of Will Stockdale in "NTFS", as well. However, this was after his tour de force playing Lonesome Rhodes in "A Face in the Crowd". Later, Mr Griffith showed his versatility by playing a sadistic killer in "Savages" and a backstabbing louse in "Hearts of the West". The "Andy Griffith Show" was spun off of "Make Room for Daddy" and he brought his old buddy, Don Knotts back to let him have the gags. Of course, there were other roles including the long running Matlock. But, he was a splendid singer and gospel song writer and he was a marvelous spokesman for the ACA. Rest in Peace, Mr Griffith.

    Latrine covers are standing at Half Staff across the land for the "PLO, a Permanent Latrine Orderly". Mr Griffith, you were one of a kind. Class and a gentleperson. You will be sorely missed.

  • Texas Aggie on July 03, 2012 8:34 PM:

    “America’s most offensive congressman.”

    Not while Allen West lives, he's not. He's only number 2. But he's coming on strong.

  • Nick on July 04, 2012 1:36 AM:

    I'm stealing this from a Kos commenter: "Democrats loved Sheriff Andy. Republicans like Sheriff Joe."

  • Crissa on July 04, 2012 5:07 AM:

    Correction, Tammy Duckworth is a triple amputee.

  • anon again on July 05, 2012 7:42 PM:

    Joe Walsh routinely has these antagonistic transgressions and clearly comes across as a person who needs assigned to an anger management program. Thinkprogress.org has a post how he scrubbed his facebook page of comments after many people reacted negatively to his relentlessly insulting remarks about Tammy Duckworth.

    Unbelieveable that he sits on these committees--I linked to a site from the post at thinkprogress outlining the following committee memberships/roles:

    House Committee on Small Business Chairman, Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee
    Member, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
    Member, Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Subcommittee

    House Committee on Homeland Security Member, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment
    Member, Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection

    House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Member, Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives Subcommittee
    Member, Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs Subcommittee