Political Animal


August 10, 2012 5:28 PM Weekend Links

By Ryan Cooper

That’s it from me, folks. Thanks for reading and commenting. Ed and Elon Green will be your weekend bloggers. Also, don’t forget now that the Olympics are finished, Up With Chris will be back on the air, 8 AM on MSNBC. Here are some random snippets from around the web:

1. Fareed Zakaria gets suspended from Time for a month for plagiarizing from the New Yorker. Who in their right mind does that?

2. Creepy.

3. Touché, Errol Morris.

4. Newt University?

5. The risks of the “daring campaign.”

6. Brad DeLong says Erskine Bowles would make a lousy Treasury Secretary. Also, “beat sweetener” is about right.


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Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper


  • Anonymous on August 10, 2012 9:51 PM:

    can't you imagine TV and online news would have same high standards as the print media? Zakaria cited the source of information he used but didn't attributed that he probably got this idea for source from another columnist.'s article with some of the same phrases.

    since this is a journalist's article about facts, i guess they could be this strict.
    holding this high of the standard for movies and novels would kill innovations, though.

  • exlibra on August 11, 2012 12:21 AM:

    R-Money (also known as Raw Money and Rob Me) is to announce his VP pick tomorrow in Norfolk, VA. It might mean that, of all the Ken-doll look-alikes available (T-Paw, Portman, Ryan and McDonnell) he has picked Li'l Bobby McD -- the least known of them all and, presumably, considered the least toxic. Though I'm not sure I'd want to run win tandem with Gov Ultrasound (lets probe those vaginas!)...

  • Equal Opportunity Cynic on August 11, 2012 12:25 AM:

    NBC reporting three sources say it's Paul Ryan. SCORE!

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you, Mitt. We can all have our moral fiber strengthened by listening to not one but TWO prissy sons of privilege tell us why the rich are more deserving than we are.

    I really thought this was too good to be true, so I hadn't invested much energy in thinking about it.

  • Anonymous on August 11, 2012 12:29 AM:

    What a gift - Paul Ryan. Really? Wow, just wow. Let the games begin (and no, I'm not talking about the remainder of the Olympics).

  • James M on August 11, 2012 1:19 AM:

    Well-against my prediction Mitt has chosen Paul Ryan! Wow!

    I can only assume that internal polling showed that Mitt's campaign was toast and he decided he had to go for a 'Hail Mary pass'. But Ryan....

    Once Mr. Romney adds Medicare recipients to the list of groups he has alienated this election is over.

    Oh well...it was fun while it lasted!LOL

  • researcher on August 11, 2012 1:53 AM:

    I had this gem saved in my laptop since 10/27/11:
    Regarding Paul Ryan and how he emerged to the political scene, and has drawn a living since them-- with continuous help from the very government he seeks to destroy:
    The letter to Paul Ryan:

    "From Charlie Pierce's response:

    "Holy god, this stuff was old when Newt Gingrich was peddling it in his previous life. Tell us, congressman, when you were skating for a couple of years on your Social Security survivor's benefits, and when your family stayed on the government dole for longer that that, "taking" from, among other people, my parents and me, how did you manage not to be "lulled" into a life of "complacency" and "dependency"? How were you not "drained" of your "incentive"? How was your "will to make the most of your life" not drained, as well. What's the magic number? Two years on the dole? Three? Five? Let us know so we can stop pestering you and find our bootstraps.

    I suspect it was because, after you left the family earth-moving business, you eventually went to work on a government paycheck for Senator Bob Kasten, and then you went to work on a government paycheck for Senator Sam Brownback, and then you went briefly into the private sector — as a speechwriter for the late Jack Kemp — before going back on a government paycheck when you were elected to the House, 13 years ago.
    At which point, you became the pet Big Thinker and point man for a bunch of rich people, including many — Was the wine to your liking, by the way? — of the same folks that crashed the economy in 2008, thereby creating the conditions that, much to your obvious pain and chagrin, are turning so many of your fellow citizens into dependent, complacent, will-lacking slobs, because they're taking unemployment benefits. That pretty much guaranteed you wouldn't be paying for your own dinners much any more."

  • researcher on August 11, 2012 2:51 AM:

    Worthwhile read:
    Here is link from 2011--a message from the rich-- where they, like Paul Ryan, feel America's poor don't have enough skin in the game:


  • thewarthatkilledachilles on August 11, 2012 7:42 AM:

    I read the test in the Safari Reader which renders the font into a single one , including italics . This I am uninterested in , aside from its convenience , as it is not Comic Sans , the one font of note , emotion , competence , and Savoir faire .