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August 27, 2012 5:53 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

So far as I am concerned, the big political news of the day was the release of Washington Monthly’s new College Rankings, the real rankings parents and Americans generally should consider as definitive. Paul Glastris did a PA post on this earlier today, but it bears repeating, and for that matter, a ducat in the hat would be helpful to make sure the U.S. News rankings don’t regain monopoly status.

Beyond that, here’s some final news items for the day:

* Wingnutosphere beginning to align with Paulites to fight rules changes that require state delegations reflecting primary and caucus results. Moving GOP forward to 1970s still controversial.

* Crist to speak at Dem convention. Sorry, I think apostates should sit out one convention.

* Kathleen Parker, apparent Rip Van Winkle, unloads on GOP’s positioning on reproductive rights issues.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack summarizes surprisingly negative Economist takes on Romney.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer documents effects of pending sequestrations on federal higher ed funding.

And in non-political news:

* Huffpost summary of research on why puberty is occurring ever-earlier for girls.

Tomorrow we’ll have to deal with the actual beginning of the Republican National Convention. But it will be late, and probably light.

Selah.

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.

Comments

  • Michael W on August 27, 2012 6:14 PM:

    There was actually an article in this morning's paper about the updated college ranking. Our local pride and joy made into the top ten.

    Washington Monthly ranks UW 8th in U.S.

  • jjm on August 27, 2012 6:21 PM:

    As for the abortion stance of the GOP, it's been in there every four years since 1976.

  • Jim Snowden on August 27, 2012 6:22 PM:

    Isn't moving the GOP to the 1870s still controversial?

  • SadOldVet on August 27, 2012 6:32 PM:

    I think apostates should sit out one convention.

    I think that DLC/DINO/Repuke-Lites should be forever banned from Democratic conventions, blogging of what used to be a progressive web site, and from polite society.

  • Cranky Observer on August 27, 2012 7:08 PM:

    Are the college rankings still weighted to support the movement attempting to transform our nation into Sparta?

    Cranky

  • clearly anonymous on August 27, 2012 8:39 PM:

    MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who was brilliant and direct with RNC Chair Reince Prebius-- as panel members Tom Brokow, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzeznski, and Wille Geist sat speechless and unwilling to "risk an opinion"-- spoke to the racist issues seemingly coveted by the Romney campaign.
    Brokow sat silent/alarmed/jolted -- and it made me feel sad. His contribution bordered on RNC apologist track.
    I guess Mika will likely be all huggy and enamored with Gov. Chris Christie tomorrow-- which seems so compromising to her claims of journalistic integrity.
    Her journalistic credentials are chastised after today. You cannot sit and make fawning looks--you must contribute! And Mika--you let Rence Prebius say that the president stole medicare funds--you missed an important opportunity. You changed the subject and gave him a pass. Stop acting like a democrat, please. u-r-not.
    Howard Dean is now talking about the code words/racism of the Romney campaign on tv. Good for him. Concurrence.

    I interview potential staff members and advise them to risk an opinion....I like sayin' that.

    Obama/Biden 2102--it matters!

  • Whoops!! on August 27, 2012 8:49 PM:

    Obama-Biden 2012--it matters--
    c.a.

  • reidmc on August 27, 2012 9:49 PM:

    Even though my (graduated from; employed by) little college is in the top 10 these rankings are almost, but not quite, as dumb as the US News rankings.

  • John m on August 27, 2012 9:59 PM:

    Your "definitive" rankings say that Indiana State, the one in Terre Haute, is the best public school in Indiana, better that Purdue or IU-Bloomington. Holy Christ. It's a good thing Neil Armstrong is dead. This news would have killed him. Anyone who treated these rankings as definitive should have a cause of action for journalistic malpractice.

  • Whoops!! on August 27, 2012 10:27 PM:

    Ok--my favorite guy Lawrence O'Donnell had Tom Brokow on and Brokow sorta/kinda redeemed himself with reasonable comments this p.m. Maybe as a cognitive behavioral therapist I should have noticed this morning on Morning Joe/Morning Reticient Mika that Tom Brokow was caught off guard with something fairly unexpected involving a dull, possibly sleepy panel with some jet lag, with regard to my criticism of Brokow during Chris Matthew's welcomed spirited rebuke to GNC hopeless Rience Prebus--sp??

  • faked out RNC on August 27, 2012 11:13 PM:

    This is the big story of the day IMO--

    Funniest comments ever--as well. I howled.

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/chris-matthews-destroys-rnc-chairman-live-tv

  • Anonymous on August 27, 2012 11:14 PM:

    your hatred for independents and people who switches parties like Crist has religious authoritarian fringe to it.

  • Joe Friday on August 28, 2012 12:15 AM:

    CHRISTIE THINKS ROMNEY WILL LOSE

    When Governor Chris 'HEY HEY HEY' Christie was asked about the NY Post report, he said, "Much of what was in that story just wasn't true.

    A non-denial denial.

    NY POST

  • James M on August 28, 2012 12:29 AM:

    Never read the Washington Monthly College Rankings (and don't intend to), but how can Yale University, one of the finest and most influential universities in the world, not even be in the top 40?

    (When does Captcha die, BTW?)

  • Matt on August 28, 2012 1:17 AM:

    Crist isn't an apostate. Neither is Artur Davis, for that matter. Both are guilty of a certain degree of political opportunism. Here's the difference.

    Davis's speech at the RNC will be motivated by the gains he has yet to reap: GOP support if he runs for office again, some wingnut welfare desk job, cred on the "bipartisan" lecture circuit, etc.

    Crist's speech at the DNC is one he can give for purely ideological reasons. It's not tainted by some forlorn hope that the Florida Democratic Party will back him for the Senate next time around. His opportunism happened much earlier, when he was passing himself off to the GOP as someone who could be trusted not to take his poor ideological fit with the party public like this.

    I still don't see much to like in Crist's record or current stated positions, beyond his warning bells about GOP extremism, so this isn't a brief for him. But of these two "apostates," the one you can trust to speak his mind is the one who's already collected his 30 pieces of silver.

  • joanneinDenver on August 28, 2012 8:57 AM:

    @iijm
    You are absolutely right about the "pro-life" plank in the Republican platform. It should also be noted that the Republican have only had one vote on that plank, ONCE, in almost 40 years, and that was in the Senate in 1982. This is their strategy: When the Republicans control one or both houses, they introduce the HLA amendment and refer it to committee. Once, in 2003, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on the HLA. But there has never been a committee vote on the HLA. The bill ALWAYS dies in Committee. Trust me, Republican women know that the party has no intention of "banning" abortion...it only votes for restrictions that impact lower income women who are dependent on one form of public access to reproductive services or another. Suburban Republican women have their own gyn doctors and are perfectly secure, knowing that whatever services they need, those doctors can and will provide.

    The much touted "personhood" bill, H.R.212 was co-sponsored, not just by Akin and Ryan, but by 62 other Republicans. It was introduced in February of 2011 and referred to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, that has not even scheduled hearings on the bill. The bill will die with this Congress, deader than a defrosted embryo.

    The dems use the bill to scare women and the repubs use the bill to placate their base.

  • square1 on August 28, 2012 9:03 AM:

    Moving GOP forward to 1970s still controversial.

    I reject the premise that the reforms that Paul opposes objectively "moved forward" the political system.

    Here's what we can say. The reforms favor political insiders who know how to game the primary and caucus system and get wealthy, establishment -- if horrifically unappealing and politically inept -- candidates like Mitt Romney nominated.

    The pre-reform system favored dark horses who could, relatively cheaply, rally enthusiastic supporters over a single week rather than slogging through an expensive multi-state primary season.

    Which side you come down on largely depends on your view of whether party conventions should simply be coronations.

    As for which system is more "democratic", I'd say it is a toss up. OOH, having delegates be bound is more directly democratic because primary and caucus voters votes are having their preferences directly reflected. OTOH, an open party battle at a political convention would probably be more likely to result in a nominee that appeals to a majority of a party, not just party leaders.

  • square1 on August 28, 2012 9:04 AM:

    Moving GOP forward to 1970s still controversial.

    I reject the premise that the reforms that Paul opposes objectively "moved forward" the political system.

    Here's what we can say. The reforms favor political insiders who know how to game the primary and caucus system and get wealthy, establishment -- if horrifically unappealing and politically inept -- candidates like Mitt Romney nominated.

    The pre-reform system favored dark horses who could, relatively cheaply, rally enthusiastic supporters over a single week rather than slogging through an expensive multi-state primary season.

    Which side you come down on largely depends on your view of whether party conventions should simply be coronations.

    As for which system is more "democratic", I'd say it is a toss up. OOH, having delegates be bound is more directly democratic because primary and caucus voters votes are having their preferences directly reflected. OTOH, an open party battle at a political convention would probably be more likely to result in a nominee that appeals to a majority of a party, not just party leaders.

  • Square1 on August 28, 2012 9:06 AM:

    Sorry for double post. Capcha blows.

  • zandru on August 28, 2012 10:18 AM:

    More Chris Matthews

    Please. Yesterday, I watched him poking Newt Gingrich with a sharp stick. He connected most of the time.

    Matthews has the quick followup, the ability to break in or talk over, the refusal to be led down the change-of-subject path that's so critical to interviewing pols. It makes me glad that he's playing a librul this season.

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