Political Animal


July 05, 2012 1:23 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

A morning without caffeine plus slow news day equals a lethargic blogger. But I’ve scraped up a few tasty reading morsels:

* Chris Mooney reports on research showing “Inhofication” of climate change deniers, who increasingly embrace conspiracy theories.

* Sarah Posner examines new, scary breed of evangelical conservatives aligned with Ron Paul.

* Politico’s David Rogers analyzes complex intra-Republican war over—and on—food stamps as part of farm bill rewrite.

* Mitt drops John Roberts from his list of Justices who serve as models for his future Supreme picks.

* William Kristol blasts Mitt’s “monomaniacal” message of talking “about” the economy, compares his campaign to Dukakis’ and Kerry’s.

And in non-political news:

* San Diego July 4th fireworks show ended after 15 seconds when entire arsenal exploded at once. Colorful, I bet.

Back in a while after cold shower to awaken nerve endings.

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.


  • SecularAnimist on July 05, 2012 1:42 PM:

    The "Inhoficated" global warming deniers are going to need bigger conspiracy theories, if they are going to explain how Al Gore is controlling the world's weather to create exactly the kind of extreme, destructive weather events that climate scientists have been predicting for years.

  • Equal Opportunity Cynic on July 05, 2012 2:04 PM:

    SecularAnimist: The problem with arguments like that is that it only reinforces ignorance of sample size. Then next year if it snows more than normal in New York, all the deniers sneer, "Where's your global warming now?"

  • T-Rex on July 05, 2012 5:29 PM:

    Oh no, Bill Kristol is always wrong! If he thinks that Romney's campaign is like Dukakis's and Kerry's -- oh, it's just too depressing. Let's hope that for once he's like the proverbial stopped clock, right twice a day.