Political Animal


September 13, 2012 1:50 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

After slow start this morning, things moving along briskly now. Here are some midday delectations:

* Atrios doesn’t get into politics of QE3, but not crazy about pumping more money into financial sector.

* At MoJo, Adam Serwer has a good recap of all the events surrounding attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates in Middle East.

* Dionne column suggests elections here and in Europe battle over which parts of 1950s can be brought back.

* Sarah Palin makes an anatomically specific criticism of Obama’s “stick.”

* Deal seems near to end Chicago teacher’s strike.

And in sorta non-political news:

* City College of San Francisco facing bankruptcy.

Back in a bit to regular blogging.

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.


  • Freudian slip on September 13, 2012 5:00 PM:

    Look at the psychology here--Sarah Palin's freudian reference (unbeknownst to her, of course) in reality reflects her own diminuitive status and her major losses.

    She remains a failed reality television star--that was taken away.

    She is wiki-peed as a failed, ethically challenged half term governor.

    Her freudian "ego" and "id" of a vice presidential bid certainly dried up and she was an enormous take-away from McCain's own presidential bid.

    Then there's the movie "Game Change," where she comes across as a real dummy, an opportunist, and possibly a certified sociopath. Her nemesis Steve Schmidt, McCain advisor-- and her main detractor in the campaign-- is now flourishing as an MSNBC political analyst.

    And Fox News might not even retain her.
    She's exiled back in Alaska Mudflats. Who knows how good or bad that marriage is by now.

    When her name comes up, she is a laughing stock. Kind of like her theme of small penis, Freud would suppose.

    She's totally marginalized.

    That is why the penis reference comes to her.

    Freud would be proud of me.

  • TCinLA on September 13, 2012 5:04 PM:

    Dionne column suggests elections here and in Europe battle over which parts of 1950s can be brought back.

    What needs to happen is that everyone has to finally admit that no part of the 1950s can be brought back. We were all raised in what can now be seen as an unsustainable bubble, though since we were kids at the time we think it was "the way things are." For the 20 years following WW2, while the rest of the world rebuilt itself, the United States had half of the planetary GDP. There is no way that the power that flows from such a fact is ever going to return to anyone. The problem now is that everyone on the planet wants to live that way, which is impossible.

  • Somethin' not right on September 13, 2012 6:07 PM:

    Part of me wonders if some faction of the republican organization did not ensure publication of the offensive video--wasn't Mitt right there ready to pounce with comments hours before the actual act of terror took place in Libya??? I smell something rotten.
    I also heard that theory on NPR radio from people interviewed....