Political Animal


December 06, 2012 5:30 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Today alternated between a sort of political news coma (unless you enjoy reading those who are just catching up on earlier developments in the fiscal fight) and reasonably big stuff, punctuated by the chaos and skullduggery in Michigan. Here’s what’s left:

* In response to those claiming that the filibuster’s no big deal, Dylan Mathews of WonkBlog lists 17 major bills that would have been cleared a majority-vote Senate in the last four years.

* At Forbes, Daniel Fisher has long profile of the Kochs focusing on their business practices.

* Hilarious: McConnell forced to filibuster his own 2011 idea giving president power to raise debt limit subject to congressional disapproval.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll takes a good swing at the “bad lifestyles” excuse for the poor performance of the U.S. health care system.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer assesses the new divestment campaigns on college campuses designed to stop endowment investments in fossil-fuel companies.

And in non-political news:

* Apple’s announcement that it will begin assembling Macs in the U.S. less than meets the eye when it comes to the company’s overall operations.

That’s it for a difficult day.

Yabba-Dabba-Do, and:


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.


  • exlibra on December 06, 2012 7:09 PM:

    Even if Apple's announcement was, indeed, all that meets the eye... Am I the only one old enough to remember when it would have been standard operating procedure and not worth mentioning, instead of being something to brag about?

  • hue & cry on December 06, 2012 7:50 PM:

    Interesting today at a veterans of foreign wars club, where some members were wearing democratic party ballcaps, talking about how great this president is, what a wonderful job he's doing, and scoffing about The Myth Romney Experience.

    2 jokes--out of the blue:

    Up Mitt Creek without a paddle...

    PATIENT: Doctor, I think I have a detached Romney.

    DOCTOR: Fire two workers, and call me in the morning!!!

  • Daryl McCullough on December 06, 2012 9:10 PM:

    I think momentum is building for some kind of filibuster reform. However, it seems to me that filibusters are only relevant in a situation that is actually kindof rare: The same party controls the House, the Senate and the White House. If the opposition party controls any one of the three, then it can block legislation without resorting to a filibuster.

    Things are different when it comes to confirming Presidential appointments and ratifying treaties, since only the Senate is involved in those cases.