Political Animal


November 22, 2012 5:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Not a lot more news or views to share, as even the chattering classes seem to have taken the day off. But here are a few more items:

* Mark Blumenthal reports that Obama campaign used very large random-sample internal polls in battleground states to guide GOTV, not the traditional phone-banking. It found public polls frequently wrong.

* Nicholas Kristof discusses frayed electrical grid and other shabby public services as product of long-term failed experiment in trickle-down economics.

* At Daily Beast, James Warren reviews demise of Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s, once-bright career path.

* New ideas, indeed: Michigan Republicans propose tax credits for fetuses after 12 weeks of gestation.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein discusses idea of time limits—rather than lower cloture thresholds—for filibusters of judicial nominations.

And in non-political news:

* A Thanksgiving innovation almost certain not to catch on: Twinkie-stuffed turkey.

Tomorrow we will remain on a light blogging schedule, but check in when you can.


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.


  • Doug on November 22, 2012 7:09 PM:

    I trust everyone realizes that the ONLY reason Republicans are considering tx credits for 12-week foetus' is to then have that foetus classified as a "person" under the rules set forth by the IRS and Nichigan State Revenue (or whatever they call it). Any "tax credits" should go to the woman to assist merely in the extra expenses caused by pregnancy.

    note: Read the entire article. The very same people who wish to provide a tax credit for a foetus cut $50+ million dollars from the state budget to provide - ready for it? - tax credits to children in low-income families!
    But they're ONLY worried about the "health" of the mother...

  • exlibra on November 22, 2012 9:28 PM:

    Re: Michigan Republicans propose tax credits for fetuses after 12 weeks of gestation.

    By-and-by, the Michigan legislature may, in its overwhelming generosity, reverse itself to an extent, and restore some of the funding it's cut from the support of the living, breathing, *children* (which it has cut down to zero). If those born already are really, really lucky, there may be enough funds found to supply them with bootstraps to pull themselves by.

    Re Nicholas Kristof's article:
    What he says is good. What he doesn't say might have been even better: the restoration of the crummy, crumbling infrastructure (including the outdated electrical grid) could be coupled with a jobs program to the benefit of all...