Political Animal


July 18, 2012 1:31 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I don’t know what kind of red-hot, red meat lunch Romney campaign staffers are eating today in order to intensify their current hate frenzy aimed at the “liar” Barack Obama and his evil underling Stephanie Cutter, but it makes me want something bland. Here are a few side dishes of news for your own consumption:

* George W. Bush allows as how he doesn’t think Mitt needs his help on the campaign trail. Or wants it.

* ThinkProgress list of prominent Republicans calling on Romney to release tax returns now up to 18 names.

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis reminds us that last time Romney tried to defend Bain Capital’s business model, in 1994, Ted Kennedy buried him with it.

* Killing of defense bigwigs a “massive psychological blow to the regime,” says CNN’s Syria expert.

* CFPB registers first enforcement action, reaches settlement with Capital One (good time to read or re-read John Gravois’ backgrounder on CFPB!).

And in non-political news:

* Keith Richards admits he sometimes forgets how to play Stones’ classics. Happens to the best of us, Keith.

Back after a short break.

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.


  • liam foote on July 18, 2012 3:10 PM:

    As a former rock/blues musician and recording artist, the story on the Stones reminded me that I've had in mind the concept of an Obama / Romney contrast using the music of the 60's. Obama clips and photos would naturally be backed by, for example, Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" and perhaps the Beatles "In My Life" or "A Little Help From My Friends" and, a bit darkly, Dylan's "It's All Right, Ma (I'm Only Bleedin')."

    The Romney counterpoint would need to consist of nothing but the vacuous, pounding, stomping inanity of "Glad All Over" by the Dave Clark Five. You wouldn't even have to use an image of Romney, as most of the Five look remarkably like him.

    At any rate, I'm now retired and don't have the equipment or energy to invest in this. Perhaps another Animal could pick it up?

  • Gandalf on July 18, 2012 4:44 PM:

    Geez liam what did the Dave Clark five ever do you to be compared to the romney campaign?

  • A. Nonymous on July 18, 2012 8:34 PM:

    Something that needs to be said:

    I'm an Obama supporter, and I would sooner vote a dyspeptic yellow dog for President than the likes Of Mitt Effing Romney, but there is an element of truth to the depiction of Stephanie Cutter as an evil underling.

    As a volunteer for the ill-fated Kerry Campaign, I briefly worked closely with this woman, and I can assure you that she is lacking in any positive qualities as a campaign operative (or for that matter, as a human being) except for a pitch-perfect ability to tell Important People what they want to hear. When out of earshot of Important People, her contempt for rank-and-file Democrats (as well as rank-and-file non-Democrats) is breathtaking.

    She works for Democratic candidates because they hired her first. She would just as cheerfully be slinging talking points for Republicans, Whigs, Know-Nothings, Syrian Dictators, Fascists, Stalinists, Bond Villains, or Morlocks if they had hired her first.

    So when various washed-up right-wing attack dogs line up to bark at her, it's hard not to see things from their point of view, at least for a moment or two.

  • G.Kerby on July 19, 2012 4:00 PM:

    @Gandalf: well D.C. screwed over Ron Ryan pretty well from what I've heard.