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August 15, 2012 5:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Been angry most of the day, which isn’t good for a blogger’s health. I’ll search for some zen serenity, but in mean-time, here are some end-of-the-day news leftovers:

* HuffPost’s Waymon Hudson richly details Paul Ryan’s record of opposition to LGBT rights.

* On flip side of coin, Erick Erickson trolls through Twitter feeds looking for evidence that “The Left” inspired or is cheering for FRC shooting.

* Meanwhile, LGBT groups issue joint statement condemning shooting and expressing sympathy for victim.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes parents are curbing student’s freedom to decide schools and majors out of concern for better ROI for skyrocketing costs.

* Norquist blasts defense spending enthusiasts, including Romney and Ryan.

And in non-political news:

* Kris Humphries’ attorneys try to serve Kim Kardashian subpoena disguised in Nordstrom’s box. Smart lawyering.

See you tomorrow, when campaign hell will probably continue to break out.


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 August 15, 2012 5:43 PM:

    don't look now, but TPM tracker has shown Obama losing 5 points this week and Swing States are now even or Romney. Ryan bounce, or is it the constant lying permitted by our Media? Or is it Scary Black Man syndrome? I say it is the terrible mistake Obama has made by abandoning the Bain/ Income Tax attacks against Romney that had him on the ropes last week.

  • Quaker in a Basement on August 15, 2012 8:28 PM:

    Erick Erickson trolls through Twitter feeds looking for evidence that “The Left” inspired or is cheering for FRC shooting.

    And, I would add, came up mostly empty. He found more examples of right wingers making assumptions about "The Left" than anything else.

  • politigal on August 15, 2012 8:31 PM:

    Feeling better.
    The experienced and wise Howard Dean had an excellent point on tonight's Ed Show that people do not believe repeated lies offered up by Republicans-0-and that daily Republican propaganda will not work.
    In fact, people know that Republicans do not even like ordinary Americans, and their lies will not work.
    At the end of the day, he says, average working people realize that Republicans are not on their side, recalling the years of George Bush, who cut taxes for the rich, and spent all the money-- and they know that.

  • investmentlover on August 15, 2012 10:31 PM:

    just to remind everyone again that Obama is the smallest "government spender" since Eisenhower in 50s.
    We can debate about the legitimate complains on Obama's expansion of the presidential power over congress and states all years long, but as far as dollar spending goes, Obama has been small, even more so than Clinton.

    Reagan and Bush were the biggest spenders in the recent history.

    See the Forbes magazine op-ed:


    I'm pretty sure after Ryan VP pick, Wall Street guys and even usually Republican business men would secretly vote for Obama even though they hate dodd-frank.
    Romney is competent but he does not seem to have power over house republicans who voted against deficit ceiling last summer.

    I don't want my stocks to go down again like that.

  • Cha on August 16, 2012 3:36 AM:

    Do Look Now and see that the Poll on TPM is Purple Strategies and it's.. "Purple Strategies is a Alex Castellanos poll and it is GOP."

    Sometimes I find the most interesting info in the comments section.