Political Animal


November 26, 2012 5:03 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Since I wrote the last several posts sitting in a mall, I’m certainly aware of the transition from the Thanksgiving to the Xmas season. Few of the folks passing me by are paying a bit of attention, I am sure, to political news. But it does go on, in dribs and drabs:

* Santorum “open” to 2016 run. It’s his turn!

* Cantor echoes earlier Boehner argument that Obamacare is “on the table” during fiscal talks. The White House needs to put a quick end to this angle.

* At TAP, Paul Waldman notes Republican vagueness over their position in fiscal talks matches pre-election vagueness, which is quite an accomplishment.

* At Ten Miles Square, Joshua Tucker suggests post-Citizens-United world palpably affecting GOP attitudes on tax policy.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports a Pennsylvania College emulating some businesses by cutting faculty hours to avoid Obamacare coverage requirement.

And in non-political news:

* Gene Chizik fired as Auburn football coach two years after national title.

Time to move back onto the jammed highways of metro Atlanta yet again. See you all tomorrow.


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.


  • T2 on November 26, 2012 5:46 PM:

    I hear Gingrich hasn't "closed the door" on a 2016 run, Perry said the same thing.....that's the thing with these GOPers...they just never learn. Frankly I'd expect the first debate to feature Santorum, Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, Palin, Cain, Ryan, Cantor and, yes, Mitt Romney. Poor Ron Paul is not running (for the first time in 8 decades), but his goofy fake-doctor kid will. But seriously - name one Republican that could run who wouldn't seen crazy as a bessie bug. Christie? Uh, you mean the one personally responsible for Romney losing? The GOPers won't forget that. And Jeb? why not.

  • Ron Byers on November 26, 2012 6:22 PM:

    Jon Huntsman would give Democrats a real run, but then again, Jon Huntsman couldn't possibly be nominated.

  • Decatur Dem on November 26, 2012 8:52 PM:

    I'm feeling the Santoro-mentum already, aren't you?

  • Hue and Cry on November 26, 2012 10:16 PM:

    Oh, no--not the Clown College again. Send in the clowns?At least it is a while off. Maybe millionaires will blow all that money for nothing again...
    The Republican primary tore off the candidates flesh and bared them to the bones, all of them, with great ridicule and amusement---and ruined Romney forever as well.
    Ewwww-santoro surge

    Buyer beware

  • James E. Powell on November 27, 2012 1:11 AM:

    I do not expect any of those named to be anything more than vanity candidates. If Perry had not entered the race this time and made a complete ass of himself, if he had instead devoted his time to building a national base and practicing talking in front of literate people, he might have been the favorite.

    I expect one of the right-wing governors, Walker, Kasich, McDonnell. I do not expect Jindal to get anywhere with base voters who despise non-whites. And please, another Bush? Please.

  • T2 on November 27, 2012 9:15 AM:

    @ J.E. Powell - my requirements were "not crazy as bessie bug"....there are lots of types of "crazy" and both Walker and Kasich are plenty crazy policy-wise. McDonnell - just listen to him...he's as slimy as they come and very TeaParty crazy. He was also a big Romney mouthpiece, reciting the Lie-based Romney talking points line by line. Of them all, he's the most dangerous - looks like a Romney, thinks like a DeMint. You are 100% correct about Jindal.

  • ComradeAnon on November 27, 2012 10:58 AM:

    Chizik gets $208,334 A MONTH for the next 36 MONTHS. Where do I sign up? And how much of that does he have to send to Cam Newton?