Political Animal


November 27, 2012 1:19 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m en route to the Atlanta airport to head back to California, but to the extent allowed by the suspension of the car I am in, here are some mid-day bites of news and views:

* French conservative party splits in a real post-electioin “struggle for the soul.”

* ORC survey shows majority unhappy with administration handling of Benghazi, but not buying any conspiracy theories.

* “The Next Mitt Romney”—that’s one wingnut’s derisive comment about Jeb Bush.

* California’s Humboldt State University creating academic institute for study of issues related to marijuana.

* Nate Silver points out that proposal to create new non-marginal top tax rate will create dangerous “bubble” among taxpayers.

And in non-political news:

* Baseball union pioneer Marvin Miller dies at 95.

Back to blogging after I get through security.

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.


  • Ron Byers on November 27, 2012 1:32 PM:

    Nate Silver must be the designated arithmatic expert at the New York Times.

    The bubble he describes exposes the latest Republican proposal in the revenue wars as essentially throwing the top 1% under the bus for the benefit of the top .01%. Good to see who is really in charge in the Republican party.

    Let the Bush tax cuts expire and then pass Obama tax cuts instead.

  • c u n d gulag on November 27, 2012 1:48 PM:

    R.I.P. Marvin Miller.

    Anyone who pissed-off Walter O'Malley and Dick Young that much, belongs in MY HOF!

  • mudwall jackson on November 27, 2012 2:00 PM:

    just for the record, jeb bush is no mitt romney, and always was much closer aligned with marco rubio, who was speaker of the house while bush was gov., than he ever was with charlie crist. and anyone who thinks he is a moderate doesn't remember that he was a prime mover in the terri schiavo case.

    this is hardly an endorsement for bush -- i voted against him 3 times -- but more to say jeffrey lord knows not what he is talking about. his way of thinking is a symptom of the problems that are rampant in the republican party.

    the biggest impediment to a bush candidacy is george, who will continue to weigh down any republican candidate to some extent, but especially his brother, if he choses to run.

  • Matt on November 27, 2012 2:29 PM:

    It's too soon to write Jeb Bush's political epitaph. Sure, he's hilariously objectionable to all of us, and yeah, he'd have done worse than Mitt in 2008, even if he'd made none of the boneheaded mistakes Mitt did. Why not elect a bland son of privilege as a caretaker golfer-slash-president while the free market makes America great without any government interference? Oh, right, we tried that. With a guy named Bush. (Three times!)

    Of course, the fact that Bushes got elected three times--not that it's entirely fair to paint Poppy with Junior's extra-stinky brush--shows that the electorate can indeed get into that head-space. But I think 2016 will still be too soon, and 2020 might be too late for Jeb personally, who will at that point not have been in office for quite some time.

    Jeb Jr., there's your ticket, Republicans. He'll be legally eligible to run in 2020, but realistically we're talking about 2032 or 2036. Hang in there!

  • CharlieM on November 27, 2012 2:40 PM:

    Contemplating the prospect of yet another Bush in the WH probably turns my stomach as queasy as all those republicans facing an even more realistic chance that another Clinton will be there (something that instantly brightens my outlook).

  • T2 on November 27, 2012 2:57 PM:

    people toss Jeb's name around but at the end of the day, he is a filthy cheater who rigged an election to get his brother into the White House against the wishes of America. A whole lot of Americans will never forget that, and the horrible presidency his illegally elected brother brought us. Lets see him win the presidency without their votes.

  • 14All on November 28, 2012 8:34 AM:

    I always thought the Repubs would have gotten some play out of Benghazi if they had framed it as just "poorly handled." It might even have revived their meme that Pres Obama was just "in over his head" when it came to foreign policy and security.

    Instead they went full-crazy and turned it into a big conspiracy theory, making themselves laughing-stocks.