Political Animal


August 22, 2012 5:42 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Another long day of dealing with redundant political confusion and mendacity. Somebody has to do it. Here are some leftovers:

* Appropriately, Micah Cohen’s Presidential Geography Series at 538 addresses Missouri, which has been trending steadily Republican, but not necessarily as far Right as Todd Akin.

* At Ten Miles Square, Michael Kinsley offers a hilarious and terrifying vision of Paul Ryan going the full-frontal Howard Roark as vice-president.

* New York Times’ Annie Lowrey analyzes debate within Fed over further quantitative easing. Doesn’t sound promising for action.

* RNC Rules Committee toughens penalties on calendar-jumping states for 2016.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on test-score-reporting cheating by my undergraduate alma mater, Emory University. You didn’t need to cheat, so why do it?

And in non-political news:

* Entrepreneurial ex-Navy SEAL in Minnesota gives nerds chance to reenact killing of Osama bin Laden with paintballs.

That’s it for today. If you haven’t already, please read the Sneak Preview of Stephen Burd’s fine article on student loan repo men.


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.


  • anongal on August 22, 2012 8:25 PM:

    Paul Ryan is outed.
    As we speak, House Republicans have introduced over 45 bills taking away women's access to reproductive freedom or abortion rights per Roe v. Wade.
    219 Republicans, including Todd Akin and terrible towel waver Paul Ryan, co-sponsored House Bill HR 3 --known specifically as anti-choice-- restricting abortion to what they call "forcible rape", distinguishing "forcible rape" from (I guess) "consensual rape."
    And--specifying quite strangely-- that a woman's reproductive system would gear up to prevent any pregnancy from a real, live "forcible rape".
    This is so bizarre and neanderthral, really--in their knuckle-dragging view, therefore, crazily enough, any pregnancy that a rape victim endured was the result of her taking part in consensual rape. Insane.
    A Click on co-sponsors will show the full list of lawmakers signing off on this macho man bill.

    People need to know that Paul Ryan has retained the same radical beliefs Todd Akin has had. Both Ryan and Akin sponsored a bill that hadthe term "forcible rape"--obviously both Ryan and Akin have the view that not all rape happens to be forced.
    In short, specific legislation exists that Paul Ryan authored along with the exiled Todd Akin. It doesn't take a Rhodes Scholar to note Akin and Ryan have the same insane beliefs.
    We can't afford to have Ryan and Romney in office they will drag us women right back to the dark ages.

    The House also passed the Protect Life Act in October 2011, with Ryan as one of its 145 co-sponsors. The measure would allow hospitals to refuse to "participate in" or "provide referrals" for abortions. Current law states that any hospital that receives government funds is required to provide emergency care for anyone. If a hospital is affiliated with a religious institution that refuses to provide abortion care under any circumstance, they're legally required to transfer the patient to a hospital that will. But the measure the archaic and seriously out of step VP nominee Paul Ryan co-sponsored would remove that obligation, leading those of sound mind to note this actually could result in women "dying on the floor."

    Shame on Mitt Romney for choosing Paul Ryan, and for having his spokesman, GOP Chairman Rence Prebus, say that Romney is opposed to Akin's platform and language--yet hypocritically--we all see that Romney is putting that very language into the Republican Party planks and platforms.

    Wake up America.

  • Anonymous on August 22, 2012 11:19 PM:

    an Interesting study of how Americans view wealth and inequality


    It seems that Obama is much closer to Americans' ideal for our society than Romney's when there are no political labeling.

    Yeah, Wake up America.

  • Anonymous on August 22, 2012 11:28 PM:

    a lot of people including me who are well engaged in news cycles did not know active extreme position of Ryan on women's rights. Wow.

    Worse, he is also making Catholics look undeservingly bad, citing the bible teaching to push his agenda. The media played over and over again of some of the Catholic Church going against ObamaCare on contraception but they completely ignored the same Catholic Church going, much more uniformly against the Ryan plan.

    I'm not a Catholic, But i feel bad for all the teachers, doctors, charity organizers in this country helping the poor and sick.

  • anongal on August 23, 2012 3:04 AM:

    Romney and Ryan are really dodging the truth of their extremist positions.
    They act as if video doesn't exist of their radical positions, their years of statements, legislative bills, etc.
    One lie after the other on the campaign stump, presenting themselves falsely to the American public.

    Well said, by Maureen Dowd, in her column of 8/21:

    "...Paul Ryan, who teamed up with Akin in the House to sponsor harsh anti-abortion bills, may look young and hip and new generation, with his iPod full of heavy metal jams and his cute kids.
    But he’s just a fresh face on a Taliban creed — the evermore antediluvian, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-gay conservative core. Amiable in khakis and polo shirts, Ryan is the perfect modern leader to rally medieval Republicans who believe that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs...."

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