Political Animal


July 30, 2012 2:15 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

So I’m off schedule today thanks to a medical appointment, but that also means some news tidbits have gradually come out of the oven:

* Romney picks up expected endorsement of Lech Walesa—not a very popular figure in Poland these days but presumably still an eyebrow-raiser among certain American voters.

* ThinkProgress takes a look at that mandatory, government-backed universal health care system in Israel that Mitt praised so extravagantly.

* In what might have been a surprising development a few months ago, draft Democratic platform reportedly includes marriage equality commitment.

* In even less of a surprise, Bill Clinton chosen to make main prime-time economic case for Obama in Charlotte.

* Matt Yglesias notes that people wanting to keep Chick-fil-A out of their cities could probably do so simply by requiring fast-food restaurants to stay open seven days a week.

And in non-political news:

* So as to avoid any Olympics spoilation, will just offer link to latest medal standings.

Back very soon.

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.


  • cwolf on July 30, 2012 2:36 PM:

    Iran Sentences Four to Death over Bank Fraud...

    There are some pretty attractive things about the results of a certain Sharia Law:

    "According to the sentence that was issued, four of the defendants in this case were sentenced to death," prosecutor general Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei told IRNA.

    Two people had been sentenced to life prison terms, and others received jail sentences of up to 25 years, Mohseni-Ejei said. In addition to jail time, some were sentenced to flogging, ordered to pay fines and banned from government jobs.


  • ComradeAnon on July 30, 2012 3:00 PM:

    So Mitt has pissed of Brits and picked up support from Lech Walesa on his trip so far. Yeah! He's qualified for VP for Gerald Ford.

  • ckelly on July 30, 2012 3:01 PM:

    Wasn't Lech Walesa leader of a UNION movement? You know, the kind of pro-worker organization that Mitt Romney and his GOP would eagerly and happily destroy in the name of corporate fatcats? Seems like an odd endorsement.

  • schtick on July 30, 2012 3:12 PM:

    Lech liked Willard's polish jokes?

  • TCinLA on July 30, 2012 3:15 PM:

    Matt Yglesias notes that people wanting to keep Chick-fil-A out of their cities could probably do so simply by requiring fast-food restaurants to stay open seven days a week.

    And Chik-Fil-A could oppose such a move under the Religious Freedom Protection Act, pointing out that such a move harms his religious expression and also his economics. In fact, he may be ready to use this argument in any place where there is opposition to extending his franchise (the company has been very vigorous in the past year in expanding outside the South). Also, the "upset" about the company is generating potential new business in new locations as Chik-Fil-A becomes Official Wingnut Food (Sarah Palin giving it the thumbs up over the weekend). I think Chik-Fil-A actually let all this broil up as it has in order to gain financial advantage from it.

    It's another example of us becoming two nations: Wingnut World and the Rest of Us - two separate realities with geography, culture and now food involved.

    Good news is, the more Righties adopt Southern Heart Attack On A Plate as their dietary choice, the more of them will soon become 'good Republicans' - and of course they wouldn't be wanting any health care reform that helped them with their obesity and their associated problems from their poor dietary choices.

  • Tom Hilton on July 30, 2012 3:44 PM:

    A 7-day-a-week law would exclude Orthodox Jews, among others. Not a good idea.

  • Crissa on July 30, 2012 4:24 PM:

    What Orthodox Jews operate freestanding fast-food services with 1500 outlets? Besides, no orthodoxy disallows hiring of non-orthodox to do 'work' on Sunday.

    I think it's pretty funny. They'd have to build some boilerplate of why it was important the businesses stay open - such as closed businesses depress the surrounding businesses, etc - and why they were limiting it to large businesses - to make sure you weren't burdening mom and pop's.

  • exlibra on July 30, 2012 5:08 PM:

    Lech liked Willard's polish jokes? -- schtick, @3:12 PM

    Walesa himself is a joke. I'm guessing none of you has ever heard him in the original Polish but, if you had, you'd know he's just as unintelligible as Sarah Palin; the main difference between the two is the mustache. That, and the fact that he didn't fight his "handlers" and did as he was told, at least in the early days. Once the soda hit the head and inflated it, things changed but, by then, the aim of seriously damaging the regime had been reached.

  • schtick on July 30, 2012 10:05 PM:

    No, exlibra, I don't speak Polish, altho I can fire off a few sentences and of course, curse words. I have relatives that are Polish and speak Polish and they never liked Lech.
    I'm not a fan of his because I never really could see all that was happening there, just what our media feeds us and I was never a fan of Palin, her only fans are men that sit up straighter on the couch when she winks at the camera. Altho, I think she would probably, IMO, look better in a mustache.