Political Animal


November 07, 2012 6:02 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

The guest bloggers made today a whole lot easier. Because they supplied so much content, I put off my posts on the GOP, and am officially declaring tomorrow “Whither the Republicans?” Day at Political Animal. Should be more fun than a barrel of tea.

But here are some leftover political items for today:

* Reid pledges filibuster reform drive in next Congress. Attaboy, Harry.

* Addendum to all the good electoral news on marriage equality: FAMiLy Leader’s drive to purge another Iowa Supreme Court Justice involved in same-sex marriage decision failed yesterday.

* Summarizing social progress reflected in last night’s returns, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates concludes with this headline: “Hippies Wander Into Lion’s Den, Maul Lions.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein notes that prediction models based on “the fundamentals” did as well as horse-race polls last night.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that for-profit colleges took a beating in the stock market on news that Obama had been re-elected.

And in non-political news, such as it is:

* Post-Sandy psychological distress just beginning.

And now, as a tribute to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, here’s the Bee Gees, in their pre-disco form, performing “Massachusetts” on Top of the Pops in 1967:


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.


  • thersites on November 07, 2012 6:44 PM:

    NO! NO! Masachusetts does not want him back!

  • Joe Friday on November 07, 2012 7:36 PM:


    "If Mitt Romney cannot win in this economy, then the tipping point has been reached" Ann Coulter

    One can only hope.

  • Marko on November 07, 2012 8:20 PM:

    Yeah, it was "lights-out" in Mass. last night. Ha!!

  • T2 on November 07, 2012 10:19 PM:

    Openly gay woman elected to the US Senate, gay unions ratified in some states, pot legal in two states, Senate Dems in charge, Obama 2nd term by HUGE margin, Tea Party crazies defeated. Pretty good election.

  • tko on November 07, 2012 11:40 PM:

    Yeah, I'll be holding my breath on Weak-Kneed Reid and his filibuster reform. Getting to be like a broken record coming from him every few years but it never f**king goes anywhere. Since the filibastards take turns being the villain to block any meaningful change.

  • cwolf on November 08, 2012 3:16 AM:

    Obama won Paul Ryan's congressional district.

  • MuddyLee on November 08, 2012 7:13 AM:

    No music videos about the inability of MONEY to buy happiness? Can't Buy Me Love (Beatles), Mansion on the Hill (Hank Williams), Lying Eyes (Eagles), Sin City (Flying Burrito Brothers), and Money (Pink Floyd) all come to mind. Karl Rove: don't be shocked that America would not elect a rich guy who hasn't paid his fair share of taxes who was also endorsed by Donald Trump, Sarah Palin (sort of), and the Bush family.

  • eserwe on November 08, 2012 8:09 AM:

    TNC is priceless.

  • Th on November 08, 2012 9:17 AM:

    What is the early betting line on who will have the "How Obama stole the election" book ready for sale before Christmas? I need to shop for my in-laws.