Political Animal


July 16, 2012 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Who knew jalapeño cheese foccacia bread was so good toasted? I didn’t. But here are some more basic news treats:

* MoJo’s David Corn offers fresh evidence of Romney’s post-1999 involvement with Bain Capital.

* Another anemic economic indicator from June: retail sales down.

* Congressional Democrats talking tough about willingness to let all Bush tax cuts expire unless GOPers back down on high-end cuts.

* Houston Chronicle reports boom in oil and gas drilling in South Texas creating new back roads for drug smugglers.

* Palin and friends whining that she hasn’t been invited to speak in Tampa. The first of many complaints to come.

And in non-political news:

* HuffPost lets you compare celebrities’ heights, from Snooki to Hulk Hogan.

Back after a couple of chores.

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.


  • gab on July 16, 2012 2:00 PM:

    "focaccia bread (?)"

    It's either focaccia, or it's bread. It can't be both.

  • Walker on July 16, 2012 2:18 PM:

    This focus on post-1999 involvement is giving too much credit to Romney. As the Bloomberg article yesterday shows, Bain always has been and always will be evil.

    The layoffs that happened post-1999 were the direct result of debt built up from aggressive leveraged buyouts at Bain during the early and mid 90s. Romney destroyed and liquidated companies on purpose.

  • MuddyLee on July 16, 2012 3:13 PM:

    It doesn't matter WHEN Bain caused the layoffs - Bain is Romney's frankenstein and he's responsible for the havoc it wreaked.

    NO PALIN IN TAMPA? Did Nikki Haley take the token woman slot away from Sarah?

  • j on July 16, 2012 3:26 PM:

    When I hear Romney talk about people who want free stuff -
    I think of the firm GS Industries, taken over by Bain,who
    siphoned off all the assets, drained the employee pension fund and got $44 million from US -the taxpayers to pay for the employee pensions. That's a lot of free stuff!
    Also when he says how he saved the Olympics in Utah, it was really the US taxpayer who had to bail them out!

  • POed Lib on July 16, 2012 5:13 PM:

    David Corn is the most important investigative journalist working at this time. He should get the Pulitzer for his work here. He has, time after time, ripped away the cover from the rotten maggots at the heart of Bain.