Political Animal


July 31, 2012 1:29 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m about to head home to Cali this afternoon, and am doing a poor job taking advantage of a last opportunity to consume tasty but unhealthy food (though there is always the Atlanta airport). But here are a few deep-fried news treats:

* San Antonio mayor Julian Castro announced as keynote speaker for Democratic National Convention. Sometimes conventions have two or three “keynote addresses,” but this sounds like the real deal.

* Obama gives 5k to own campaign. Any fundraiser will tell you that donors don’t want to contribute to campaign where the candidate has no financial skin in the game.

* Buddy Roemer figures out way to get media attention: predicting Mitt won’t pick fellow-Louisianan Bobby Jindal.

* A bit of a journalistic museum relic: a story about the “revolt of the moderates” in the GOP.

* Lautenberg and McCarthy introduce bill banning online ammo sales.

And in quasi-non-political news:

* Buzzfeed profiles top five Tampa strip joints expecting big business from those god-fearing Republican convention delegates.

Back after a break to pack for trip home.

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.


  • bluestatedon on July 31, 2012 1:36 PM:

    If I were Buzzfeed or National Enquirer or Wonkette or Vanity Fair or Mother Jones I'd assemble a team of men whose job it is to spend their entire duration of the GOP convention in the local strip joints so they could report on, and hopefully photograph, GOP luminaries stuffing twenties into the g-strings of the pole dancers. Maybe they could get access to the back rooms where David Vitter is hanging out.

  • Michael W on July 31, 2012 2:22 PM:

    Buzzfeed didn't do enough research. Based on reports from past repub conventions, the gay bars and male prostitutes usually make out like bandits.

    After all, their particular brand of sexual hypocrisy likes to wait until they're out of town and have less chance of being recognized.

  • T2 on July 31, 2012 2:53 PM:

    Daily Kos has a poll out finding that 91% of GOPers feel the Media is Negative. Interesting....without the Media looking the other way to virtually all of the GOP lies and distortions, the party would have been out of business long ago. Just shows you - today's Republican Party is made up of crazy people and dangerous crazy people.

  • rea on July 31, 2012 2:54 PM:

    Cue the outrage machine--"Castro to Keynote Democrat Convention"

  • advocatethis on July 31, 2012 5:28 PM:

    Not knowing who Buddy Roemer is, I at first took that third item to mean that Mitt has somehow laid claim to being from Louisiana. He hasn't, has he?

  • Texas Aggie on August 01, 2012 12:56 AM:

    I think Roemer has made a pretty safe bet. Jindal is Sarah Palin with descended gonads. His record will play well for the t party crowd, but very poorly for anyone else. That is a calculation the money men behind Romney will consider very carefully before selecting their VP candidate.