Political Animal


November 30, 2012 5:49 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

So the week that began with GOPers expressing great optimism about a quick fiscal deal ends with them looking and sounding like small cornered animals, alternately whimpering and showing their sharp little teeth. Nobody but themselves to blame for this one. Anyway, here are a few final news items of the day:

* Supreme Court remains silent so far on whether it will move to consider any of the ten cases involving same-sex marriage that have been sent its way.

* New York Times’ Timothy Egan notes that election confirms a lot more people prefer liberal policy positions than those who self-identify as “liberal.”

* Abbas calls U.N. General Assembly vote giving Palestinian delegation status as representing “non-member observing state” a “birth certificate of the reality of the state of Palestine.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Zasloff suggests that in response to GOP demands that he put “entitlement reform” on the table, Obama should propose public option add-on for Obamacare.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on new study indicating that state-administered standardized tests are actually undermining achievement of state-accepted Common Core Standards.

And in non-political news:

* Alabama jewelry store refunds $50,000 to customers as part of an Iron Bowl Shutout Special making a week’s worth of purchases free if either Auburn or Alabama failed to score in the November 24 game. Nice consolation prize for some Auburn fans.

Speaking of SEC football, my wife and I will be sitting (and often standing) in front of the tube tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. EST sharp wearing red and black and cheering our Georgia Bulldogs in their uphill fight against the Bama Death Star for the SEC title and a chance to face Notre Dame (the team they beat for their previous national championship in 1980) for the BCS title.

Jesse Singal will return to Weekend Blogging duty tomorrow, and Kathleen Geier will have the controls on Sunday.


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.


  • dp on November 30, 2012 6:03 PM:

    As an LSU fan, I'll be joining you in cheering on the Dawgs. It should be a good game.

  • Danp on November 30, 2012 6:33 PM:

    a lot more people prefer liberal policy positions than those who self-identify as “liberal.”

    This should come as no surprise. After all, Republicans market their "conservative ideology" as though it were liberal. For example, "small businesses" instead of rich men who use corporate status for tax benefits. "Saving SS and Medicare". "Create jobs" by doing nothing. "Cut loopholes". Now they are looking for ways to appeal to women and minorities, though not by changing policies.

  • Doug on November 30, 2012 8:47 PM:

    "...notes a lot more people prefer liberal policy positions than tose who self-identify as 'liberal'." Ed Kilgore

    Assuming polls to be accurate, this has been true since scientific polling began. What's been lacking is Democrats having the courage of their convictions - easy to understand for "Blue Dogs", perhaps, but not all the others.
    There are some right-wing trolls I've encountered on other blogs who will reference an article they THINK supports their position. Trouble is, the title doesn't really reflect what's in the article but, as the troll hasn't read the article, they don't know that.
    I tend to think that too many Democratic politicians, and their advisors do the same thing with polls. They read the title, put on the article by an editor wishing to draw as much attention as possible to the article,
    and, just like the trolls, don't discover that the article's contents don't necessarily support the title.
    Perhaps this last election will spur some education about how to read ALL of a poll on the subject among Democrats and re/act accordingly.

  • Patrick Star on November 30, 2012 10:45 PM:

    Ed, I think your Bulldogs have a good chance of knocking off Bama; all the college football pundits are predicting a close game - should be fun!

  • bluestatedon on December 01, 2012 4:16 AM:

    Ed, it seems as though every year for the last decade I've thought "this might be the Bulldog's year"—I hope I finally get my wish. My Wolverines got pounded by Alabama at the beginning of the season, and maybe the Dawgs can return the favor for us. None of us up here in Ann Arbor want to see Nick Satan in another NC game.