Political Animal


December 05, 2012 1:40 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I don’t know exactly how many shopping days are left until Xmas, but am trying to maintain a hard-earned reputation for ignoring it all until the last possible minute. News-cycle blogging is good for that. Here are some mid-day news bites.

* RightWingWatch’s Brian Tashman has some truly looney-tunes quotes from homeschool lobby chieftain Michael Farris on the disabilities treaty Senate Republicans killed yesterday.

* New ABC/WaPo survey shows 57% of Americans support HRC presidential bid in 2016. Her job approval number is 68%.

* Sheldon Adelson says he’s pro-choice, pro-immigrations and favors “socialized health care.” No wonder he personally kept Newt Gingich’s presidential campaign afloat for months.

* New York Times’ Eduardo Porter examines trajectory and implications of new organizing efforts aimed at lowest-wage workers.

* Douthat defends his reference of low-population-growth societies as “decadent.”

And in non-political news:

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck dies at 91.

Back in a bit. But check out this very interesting video for Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance.”

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.


  • Peter C on December 05, 2012 2:23 PM:

    Ross Douthat is an ass. He argues that a moral imperative to raise responsible children includes a moral imperative to HAVE children. How about a moral imperative to keep his ugly face out of other people's reproductive choices and mind his own f*cking business!

  • Gandalf on December 05, 2012 2:50 PM:

    I think Mr. Douchehat should spend a few weeks in Bombay to see just what it is he's pushing for.

  • FriscoSF on December 05, 2012 3:38 PM:

    HRC's chances at the Presidency will depend entirely on how Obama handles the economy

    And next time Goopers will have Limitless funds

    Will Hillary become 'Inevitable' again ??

  • Alexander von Humbug on December 05, 2012 8:53 PM:

    I've always wondered whether the Zombies intentionally or unintentionally ripped off that Brubeck song:


  • Nelson Smith on December 05, 2012 10:34 PM:

    Thanks for the Brubeck. And for those dancers -- a whole number in 7/4 time, no fancy edits, just talent.

  • flubber on December 06, 2012 12:42 AM:

    "Sheldon Adelson says he’s pro-choice, pro-immigrations and favors “socialized health care.”

    Isn't this why they are neo-cons? They were basically liberals, but they changed sides to go with the party most likely to kill Muslims. They're single-issue types.

    Of course, given the "intellectual" left's endorsement - among journalists and the foreign policy establishment - of Bush II's war with Iraq, the neo-cons really had nothing to fear from the Democrats. The neo-cons basically played both sides of the aisle on this issue.

    Democrats should expel the hawks in their midst.