Political Animal


July 20, 2012 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Weird, sad day. And to think, last week was Friday 13th. Anyway, here’s some more news bites:

* Death toll in Aurora now 13, with several other victims still in ICU.

* Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta discusses depressingly familiar rollout of mass shooting news.

* Dave Weigel throws cold water on Goehmert theory that someone with concealed-carry weapon could have stopped shootings.

* After blasting ABC for dumb linkage of Aurora shooter to Tea Party, Breitbart “reports” he was a registered Democrat, then has to retract “story.”

* At New Yorker, Adam Gopnik argues Adam Smith would have entirely agreed with Obama on public role in entrepreneurship.

And in non-political, non-mass-shooting news:

* Team USA dominates host Brits in Olympics roundball tuneup.

Back in a bit.

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.


  • T2 on July 20, 2012 2:53 PM:

    its a sad comment on the politics of this nation when both parties and their super PAC's have to stop showing their grindingly negative ads when a tragedy occurs, so as not to add to it.

  • enn bee on July 20, 2012 4:20 PM:

    Note that Adam Smith (I don't have time to find the quote but it's not hard) believed in progressive income tax rates.

  • skippy on July 20, 2012 9:27 PM:

    ed, pls. warn us when you link directly to breitbart. i choose not to give them clicks for their traffic meter.