Political Animal


August 20, 2012 1:45 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

It was nice of Todd Akin to give news week such a good start. If he’d be nice enough to hang in there for another day or two, political writers would greatly appreciate it.

* The jettisoning of Todd Akin gains momentum: Scott Brown calls on him to give up Senate nomination; Michelle Malkin recommends a hard push. I figure he’ll fold by sundown.

* Who’s happiest person in Washington about Akin’s troubles, other than Sen. Claire McCaskill? Probably Kansas GOP congressman Kevin Yoder, whose skinny-dipping-in-Sea-of-Gallilee incident will be washed away.

* James Fallows dismantles Niall Ferguson’s sloppy “Obama’s Gotta Go”
NewsBeast cover essay.

* Augusta National Golf Club admits first two women, one of them Condi Rice. McCain congrats club for “joining 21st century.” Try 20th.

* Krugman kicker today is a fine one-liner: “Mr. Ryan isn’t a serious man — he just plays one on TV.”

And in non-political news:

* New research shows chocolate lowering blood pressure, improving cognition. Very happy to hear that.

Back in just a bit, after some blood pressure/cognition meds.

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.


  • exlibra on August 20, 2012 1:58 PM:

    * The jettisoning of Todd Akin gains momentum: Scott Brown calls on him to give up Senate nomination; Michelle Malkin recommends a hard push. I figure heíll fold by sundown. -- Ed Kilgore

    I sure as sure hope not. From what I've read, if he holds off till tomorrow, it'll be too late to replace him on the ballot :)

    "aphasfu them." Yes!

  • Lucia on August 20, 2012 2:02 PM:

    I cannot believe the fuss over the Sea of Galilee skinny-dipping. It's not a holy site, and it was after hours. Nothing to see here, move on.

  • Quaker in a Basement on August 20, 2012 2:26 PM:

    The jettisoning of Todd Akin gains momentum

    Even Malkin turned on him? Get out the jam 'cause this dude is toast.

  • Kathryn on August 20, 2012 2:27 PM:

    Well Lucia, would there be nothing to see if the skinny dipping incident involved Democratic congressmen? Partying, drinking and skinny dipping in the Sea of Gallilee is questionable behavior, it would be questionable if it were Salt Lake, but in a foreign country the possibility of creating international difficulties is also very real.

  • Peter C on August 20, 2012 2:29 PM:

    If Akin can't stand up to the likes of Malkin, how's he gonna do in negotiations with, say, a delegation from China?

    he he he.

  • Ron Byers on August 20, 2012 2:32 PM:

    I hope, but don't expect, Akin to hold on. The other two are a lot smoother, but just as bad. We need to keep Claire no matter what.

  • BillFromPA on August 20, 2012 2:49 PM:

    Re Todd Akin, since when do repug pols resign in disgrace, since Vitter and his diaper, Sen Wide Stance, Ensign? They hunker down, ignore the media and wait until fresh news leaves them in the clear. The farther to right, the less likely one is to quit over anything,, and Akin's only sin is telling the truth about the GOP 'mind'.

  • JR on August 20, 2012 2:56 PM:

    It's beyond amusing to see the wingnuts in such alarm. What truly frightens them is that Akin let the cat out of the bag. In the last two years, GOP pols have attempted to pass all kinds of legislation that would result to banning abortion in all circumstances; in some cases, even banning oral contraception, including that given to rape victims.

    By Akin pulling back the curtain, Americans are now being reminded of what it means to oppose abortion without exception, and the truth isn't particularly pretty.

  • buddy66 on August 20, 2012 3:02 PM:

    Akin...Open up another can of morons.

    Mal*Wart keeps butting into your link on chocolate, and won't leave! They're raising blood pressure with thuggish internet advertising.

  • dalloway on August 20, 2012 3:13 PM:

    Huckabee and the Right to Lifers are backing Akin, plus he knows he's toast with the establishment whether he drops out or not, so I think there's a good chance he might stay in. Or screw the party on his way out the door by not exiting in time to get his name off the ballot (by Missouri law, 5PM tomorrow). Thanks, Mr. Akin. As another famous Republican would say, you made my day.

  • Anonymous on August 20, 2012 3:50 PM:

    Niall Ferguson, David Brooks and Paul Ryan types have been in the conservative academia bubble where people still want women to have more than 2 babies in early 20s, no divorces, no abortions, no sex before marriage, going to church weekly and not listen to hip-hops so that we can get back our good old times.

    they believe that New Deal and Great Society created high rates of crimes, divorces and loss of protestant work ethics while only WW2 reconstructed the modern geopolitics.

    Conservatives do care about the poor, shrinking middle class, peace and justice.
    but their approach is unrealistic, unnatural high expectation of modern human life.
    It's preachy and they do blame individuals more for their wealth than circumstances.

    They also seem to ignore that post industrial revolution of globalization and technology as well as demographic change might have caused social changes more than some liberal policies.

    They blame liberal policies "welfare state" and therefore believe America can fix today's problems by merely reversing the old liberal policies.
    But the truth is that it's a global economic trend beyond politics and American or hell, it's beyond the West.

    I can't believe someone as learned and intelligent a historian as Ferguson can be more naive (or idealistic to be nice) than probably most kids in 20s today.

  • Juliet on August 20, 2012 4:05 PM:

    what Alexander answered I'm taken by surprise that people can make $8007 in a few weeks on the computer. have you seen this site (Click on menu Home more information) http://goo.gl/5cwvh

  • JM917 on August 20, 2012 5:16 PM:

    Dear WaMo: Isn't there something you--armed as you are with Captcha--can do to rid us of spam like "Juliet"?

  • 4jkb4ia on August 20, 2012 5:30 PM:

    Michelle Malkin! This cannot get any better. It cannot. As was said of Domenech, when you've lost Michelle Malkin, you've lost Red America.

    I am the wrong gender to be laughing this hard. I am consoled because I am laughing because the entire country now knows that Todd Akin is an idiot. I think I started laughing when Dave Robertson told the NYT that Claire was going to milk this for all it was worth. Ya think?

    Please, Akin, survive for a day or two just to make it harder to pick a real candidate to go against McCaskill. I think they wanted Schweich, who is the state auditor. Or they could pick Brad Lager, who isn't wanting for outside money.

  • 4jkb4ia on August 20, 2012 5:34 PM:

    You know, I was saying to my dad last week that Akin can't turn around and run the kind of campaign that Roy Blunt did, and my dad said that Roy Blunt is actually thoughtful. No more need be said.

  • Joe Friday on August 20, 2012 7:29 PM:

    "Augusta National Golf Club admits first two women"

    Notice they chose two Republican women who "know their place".