Political Animal


November 19, 2012 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Yesterday’s failed experiment at a holiday treat to take home to family in Georgia is today’s rich chocolatey indulgence. Yum. Here are some mid-day treats for you guys, from another sparse post-election news day:

* Allen West’s defeat due to be officially certified tomorrow. But why should he suddenly care about reality?

* 3,000th or so conservative column on California as symbol of Greecification of America.

* Meanwhile, new long-range study confirms California tops nation in state government innovation.

* Nate Cohn pours cold water on “Blue Texas” hopes (at least in the short term).

* At The Atlantic, Robert Wright offer a timeline of the escalation of the Israel-Hamas military conflict.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Dictionary.com’s “word of the year” is “bluster.” Yeah, there was plenty of that according to both definitions of the term.

Back after some quick chores.

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.


  • danimal on November 19, 2012 2:47 PM:

    Do you ever notice that when conservatives complain about CA tax rates, they never mention property taxes, which are limited by Prop 13? When all tax sources are added up and distributed by population, California is a higher-tax state, but hardly the outlier portrayed by conservatives. And with the passing of Prop 30, the structural deficit is projected to disappear within 1-2 years. Greece would be lucky to be as well-run as California.

  • TCinLA on November 19, 2012 2:57 PM:

    3,000th or so conservative column on California as symbol of Greecification of America.

    Thanks to taking redistricting away from the legislature, we now have a legislature with a 2/3 Democratic majority in both houses, meaning we can now put our financial house in order without having to listen to the goddamned idiot Republicans anymore.

    And thereby prove that the way you avoid "Greecification" is to stop listening to the German bankers and their demands for "austerity".

  • T2 on November 19, 2012 3:20 PM:

    is this Hamas/Israeli thing just a cover up for Israel to attack Iran? What if Israel proves Hamas is being armed by Iran.....an attack would be justified in their eyes.

  • Hue and Cry on November 19, 2012 4:25 PM:

    Just some really big ironies that cost guys like West their cushy little government jobs.
    As in the irony that Republicans kept talking about small government but the American electorate clearly voted to get Republicans *out* of their lives--women rejected having the prospect of Republican government interfering with their reproductive lives, Latinos rejected the southwestern style of Republicans such as Jan Brewer and candidate Mitt Romney interfering with their lives.
    And clearly the Republicans total rejection of science and mathematics hurt them with voters. They tried to create their own reality and even believed their own creations which ultimately brought them down.
    The final blow being Romney's condescension towards the electorate which makes Republicans really seem like sore losers ingesting the sourest of grapes that we're all liberals now

  • David Martin on November 20, 2012 1:14 AM:

    The Palm Beach Post is reporting hints that Allen West might concede on Tuesday.