Political Animal


November 06, 2012 8:00 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Let’s start Election Day with the great Leonard Cohen performing “Democracy” in 1993.

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.


  • R on November 06, 2012 9:32 AM:

    Great choice.
    Sail on, sail on
    O mighty Ship of State!
    To the Shores of Need
    Past the Reefs of Greed
    Through the Squalls of Hate
    Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.

    It's coming to America first,
    the cradle of the best and of the worst.

  • jpeckjr on November 06, 2012 10:18 AM:

    Deeply satisfying, musically and patriotically.

  • JR on November 06, 2012 11:12 AM:

    Not nearly as moving but, to me, even more telling: a clip on the 2000 GOP Convention from the Chris Rock Show. I revisited it after viewing Rock's brilliant Message to White Voters. Yes, it's funny as hell, but the truly striking moments happen a little after the 2:00 mark. Rock poses the question: "When will we have a black President?" Listening to it now, 12 years later and possibly re-electing Barack Obama, it's a sharp reminder of how far we've come.

  • JR on November 06, 2012 11:14 AM:

    Oops! Forgot to post the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKi2yi_zaFQ