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December 12, 2012 5:17 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

As indicated before, I’m on the road tonight, and connections permitting, will luxuriate tomorrow in the relatively late morning of CST. Here are some remainders of the day:

* Slate’s Dave Weigel supplies a long list of statements by Michigan Gov. Rick Synder prior to last week indicating a lack of interest in the enactment of “right-to-work” legislation. Suddenly it became the most important thing in the whole wide world.

* Sarah Silverman’s got a new video out urging “bros” to get their act together and support reproductive rights.

* Lindsay Graham retreats on support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, in favor of that fine old South Carolina tradition of “states’ rights.”

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides addresses those who are enraged by political scientists’ tendency to minimize the importance of redistricting.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on Catholic University’s continued hard line on recognizing LGBT student groups.

And in non-political news:

* Skyfall rated 2012’s worst movie from point of view of glamorizing smoking—even though Bond’s no longer dragging on those English Ovals.


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.


  • Dave T on December 13, 2012 6:07 AM:

    The other day's now-closed post about Michigan placed your ignorance of American history on full display. The Republican Party has opposed organized labor, back to its proto-union form, for approximately 158 years; the northeastern Republicans of the early Progressive Era were particularly vehement in their denunciations of the movement. This tendency culminated in the anti-union apogee within the party of the administration of Orange County native Richard M. Nixon, who invented new federal agencies to squash labor's political edifice. Reagan was a former union boss and thus an aberration from the overall trend. Try reading some actual scholarly texts instead of Wikipedia pages for a change.

  • K in VA on December 13, 2012 8:11 AM:

    Maybe Lindsay Graham is starting to look forward to a wedding of his own?

  • kindness on December 13, 2012 11:00 AM:

    re: Skyfall.

    If I were to limit my entertainment to only those areas that completely live up to MY views and values I would never be able to go to another movie, play, concert or TV show again.

    Let us not become the liberal version of the conservative Christians/Teahaddists. Please?

  • zandru on December 13, 2012 5:39 PM:

    Smoking in Skyfall...

    I appreciate the distaste. However, it's too bad there isn't a comparable level of anger and rejection over all the casual killing, "happy" violence, unjustified brutality, etc.

    Now, I'm just assuming "it's in there", as I haven't seen the movie. It's a Bond movie; that's what we've come to expect, and quite likely, DEMAND.

  • Bobby Goren on December 14, 2012 10:29 AM:


    Take back the language. Start calling these laws what they are: "Right-Wing Work Laws."