Political Animal


November 07, 2012 8:57 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry for the late start, but ‘twas blogging pretty late last night. In commemoration of the end of this election cylce, here’s The Band performing “I Shall Be Released” in 1970.

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.


  • JR on November 07, 2012 9:35 AM:

    Oh, Kilgore, this immediately evoked tears... After a lifetime (54 in 14 days) of hearing about white men, family values and soccer moms, last night it was Hispanics/blacks/Asians/gays/single women. This never-married woman woke wondering: Does my vote finally count for something?

    My 19-year-old gay nephew has been working as an intern for Pete Gallego in San Antonio. He not only saw his candidate squeak out a victory but, should he choose to do so, four more states made him free to marry.

    Oh, I'm rambling, but - in the grey light of this Chicago morning - this feels bigger than 2008. Watch this clip, especially starting after the 2:00 mark, knowing that we just re-elected Barack Hussein Obama, for perspective on how far we've come since 2000. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKi2yi_zaFQ

    It most certainly feels like a brand new day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_gIAVoB7AM

  • berttheclock on November 07, 2012 9:38 AM:

    Not a complete list, but, in that War on Women, so far, it is Women Three, WonW Zip.

  • Kathryn on November 07, 2012 10:39 AM:

    For the last four days, I have been privileged to help staff a canvas house location in Falls Church, Va. where our lead organizer was a 22 year old recent graduate from nursing school at the University of Virginia, We have witnessed hundreds of our fellow Americans stream through the door to help us win the Commonwealth of Virginia for Pres Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen-elect Tom Kaine. Volunteers by the dozens from the District of Columbia, Maryland, two young guys from Brooklyn, people relying on canes and, in one case, a leg brace, canvassing the Virginia suburbs until 6:45 p.m. last night, the people have spoken. We, the people, have defeated millionaire donors, brutal media and advertising assaults, it's a wonderful morning.

  • Gandalf on November 07, 2012 11:49 AM:

    I Think a more appropriate song would be Just One Victory by Todd Rundgren and Utopia.