Political Animal


December 27, 2012 5:57 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Ah, love these short blogging weeks, when I can miss some sleep and still make it until the weekend without hallucinating. Here are some remains of the day:

* Speaker announces House coming back into session Sunday, but will await developments in the Senate before anything at all happens on the fiscal front. Looks like it’s just Boehner Kabuki, at taxpayer expense.

* Rep. Edward Markey announces candidacy for Senate special election that will be held if and when John Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State. Interestingly, Markey ran briefly for this same seat back in 1984, before withdrawing in favor of—you guessed it—John Kerry.

* Two Washington Democratic state senators defect in exchange for leadership posts, giving GOP control of chamber they thought they’d lost in November.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein mulls possibility of late kick-the-can-down-the-road deal to delay spending sequestrations even if no deal achieved on taxes or stimulus or “entitlement reform.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues declining community college enrollments might signal an improving economy.

And in non-political news:

* For no apparent reason, Atlanta Braves bring back controversial “Screaming Indian” logo—mothballed in 1989—for use on 2013 batting practice caps.

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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.


  • Hue on December 27, 2012 11:13 PM:

    Funny. Seems like I sleep little yet thrive.
    Don't feel as desperate about politics as before the election.
    Still wearing Obama/Biden tee shirt with warm fuzzy turtleneck some days. Like it.

    Wanted to share a CD that is keeping me sane, that i seem to love, and listen to....It's a promotional CD from the Lilith Fair, 1998, --especially significant is "Snow on the Sahara," by Angunn, and subsequent song "One Big Love," Patty Griffith. And there are more.

    Changed me, woke me up


  • Crissa on December 28, 2012 5:52 AM:

    Honestly, that logo isn't the worst thing about the Braves. It's that they're called the Braves unironically with a tomahawk logo. They're probably only second to the Redskins in stupid names.

    You just can't have a mascot that you use for self-degrading humor when that mascot represents a marginalized people. I'd love for us to be proud to have Redskins and Braves and have tribes support - and supported - by their association with successful brands. But that's not how mascots work.

    Humor has to punch up, not down. And that's why these mascots don't work.

    (And what's with the random 403 errors?)

  • Neil B.... on December 28, 2012 12:46 PM:

    "* Two Washington Democratic state senators defect in exchange for leadership posts, giving GOP control of chamber they thought they’d lost in November."
    We like it when it works our way, but defection is a sort of violation of "labeling laws" by the defector. Even if such "law" is informal, it's an abuse of the voters and I think should be actionable in some way beyond simply being exposed to punishment by voters later.