Political Animal


November 27, 2012 5:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’m still sitting at ATL, waiting for a long-delayed flight to Poppy International in Houston, and then on to SFO and eventually Monterey. Won’t get home until tomorrow, and then the fog could be an issue. So here are some final news items before I climb into the center seat for an uncomfortable journey across America:

* Durbin makes it clear Dem position is that debt limit increase an unconditional part of any fiscal deal.

* At WaPo, Greg Sargent says White House assuring progressive groups that it will get debt limit increase without additional concessions to GOP.

* Politico’s Manu Raju starts biennial game of figuring out which Senators up for re-election in the next cycle will retire.

* At Ten Miles Square, Andrew Gelman attributes a significant part of the Asian-American preference for Democrats to blue-state geography.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer evaluates the “net price” measurement for analyzing college costs, and finds it lacking.

And in non-political news:

* Powerball jackpot up to a cool half-billion.

See you tomorrow from somewhere in the United States.


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.


  • Hue & Cry/republican foolishness on November 27, 2012 7:08 PM:

    Hope you'll let me post these two--as related to Tom Ricks' celebratory appearance on Fox News. I see you had a post previously.

    Just great how this timed with the frantic, misguided and desperate showmanship attempts of Graham, McCain et al. today....
    I seem to do nothing anymore but news, posts, and internet. :>))

    Pretty clear both men fear being marginalized, and one never got over losing the election in 2008.
    Do Republicans really want to take this on? Ricks is phenomenal in terms of background credentials, as is Susan Rice.



    And shout-out to Blue Girl in Kansas City--hey there!

  • John Sully on November 27, 2012 8:20 PM:

    I've got my Powerball ticket. If I win I'll be almost as rich as Mitt Romney!

  • Joe Friday on November 27, 2012 9:59 PM:

    So, even though we all now know that the talking points given to Susan Rice in regards to Benghazi were not just given to here by the CIA, but were signed-off by Patreaus himself, after meeting with Rice behind closed doors today, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire came out of the meeting and said to the media cameras that Susan Rice "should have known better".

    Better than the CIA ? Better than Patreaus ?

    Just how BLINDINGLY STOOPID can one get ?

  • Hue & Cry on November 27, 2012 11:37 PM:

    Needs to be brought to the discussion:
    All of John Boehner's 19 committee chairperson selections are white males.
    How very 1950's and seriously out of touch.


  • James M on November 28, 2012 3:41 AM:


    Richard Cohen has posted the stupidest Op Ed of all time on WAPO. You have got to read it to believe it.

    And to think that this guy can be a highly paid pundit!