Political Animal


November 08, 2012 1:50 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Diagnosing the condition of the Republican Party is hard work. I’m a ravening beast, and it’s only mid-morning here in California. I’ll feed you before hitting my own feed-bag:

* If GOP is ready to compromise with Obama on fiscal issues, you’d never know it from listening to their Senate leader.

* Centrist Will Marshall finds plenty of evidence in exit polls for repudiation of conservative ideology.

* Headline on U.S. elections from Sheldon Adelson’s Israeli newspaper: “America Chose Socialism.”

* Simpson and Bowles beginning expensive ad campaign (and you know they’ll get plenty of “earned media” love) for their kind of Debt Deal.

* New York Times’ Jeremy Peters reports questions being raised about Karl Rove’s conflicts of interest in doing election night commentary for Fox. Why? Just because he was quarterbacking the entire GOP paid advertising campaign? But he’s a genius!

And in non-political news:

* Ricky Gervais makes media history by telling Baba Wawa to “shut up” on The View.

Back in a few jiffies.

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.


  • Matt on November 08, 2012 2:05 PM:

    New York Times’ Jeremy Peters reports questions being raised about Karl Rove’s conflicts of interest in doing election night commentary for Fox.

    Ha! I mean, yeah, I guess if we take Fox at their word about being a news network and all, then it's just about the most blatant and egregious conflict of interest imaginable.

    And yet, I have about as much problem with Rove on Fox News as I do with liberals writing for Daily Kos, which is to say no problem at all. That's what it's for!

  • thebewilderness on November 08, 2012 2:21 PM:

    Do you have any idea how many times Barbara Walters has been told to shut up in the course of her career?
    Srsly? Dood tells woman to shut up, water is wet, sun is warm, breaking news!

  • T2 on November 08, 2012 2:33 PM:

    Boner will feed the party line until he is voted out, either by Cantor or his constituents.
    I certainly hope Barack Obama learned his lesson about "bargaining" with the Leader of the House. Boner will not deal in good faith. Period. And we all know it.

    Simpson/Bowles- it was a bad idea the first time and this time Obama should react the same way he did then - ignore them. Anyone who's seen Simpson on TV recently knows he is quite the loon.

  • Perspecticus on November 08, 2012 2:42 PM:

    Sheldon "Saw" Adelpated's headline should have read: "I pissed away a shyt ton of money I could have spent to help my community."

  • scott_m on November 08, 2012 2:44 PM:

    If Barbara Walters has ever interviewed Little Richard, she has been told to shut up.

  • SecularAnimist on November 08, 2012 3:00 PM:

    Ed Kilgore wrote: "Diagnosing the condition of the Republican Party is hard work."

    Four long posts today about WHAT THE LOSERS WILL DO.

    Not one word about WHAT THE WINNERS WILL DO.

    That's bizarre.

    In case you didn't notice, PROGRESSIVES WON THIS ELECTION FOR OBAMA.

  • Lance on November 08, 2012 3:03 PM:

    Headline on U.S. elections from Sheldon Adelson’s Israeli newspaper: “America Chose Socialism.”

    Ironic when you consider that Israel is a socialist state funded by American tax dollars.

  • G.Kerby on November 08, 2012 4:46 PM:

    Detroit Free Press was all over how Obama needs to compromise with repubs this time, like he promised but failed to do in '08.

    Just shoot me.

  • Doug on November 08, 2012 7:27 PM:


    So, the Democratic Party is 110% "PROGRESSIVE"? Nice to know. But just WHICH "progressive" is that? YOUR "progressive"? Or the "progressive" that faces a House with a Republican majority, a Speaker too frightened of his own caucus to consider dealing with Democrats and a Senate that, as yet, retains an un-reformed filibuster in its' rule book?
    Which also answers your faux incredulous second and third sentences...

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