Political Animal


December 11, 2012 1:51 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m a little behind in the usual blogging schedule today due to some non-work distractions, but I’ll catch up. Here are some mid-day items of interest:

* Here at Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll provides what is probably the definitive case against raising the age of eligibility for Medicare.

* At TNR, Tim Noah argues a “chained CPI” would greatly under-state the actual cost-of-living for Social Security beneficiaries so long as health care costs keep rising.

* At TAP, Abby Rapaport construes the Michigan right-to-work blitz as simple political revenge.

* So it’s not just those who aren’t fiscal hawks who are being urged to become “adult,” as the Post-Election Jennifer Rubin calls Republicans opposing higher tax rates “childish.”

* Nate Silver reviews the very long record of polling data on HRC.

And in non-political news:

* Vermont repeats as the “healthiest state” for 2012 according to rankings by United Health Foundation.

Back very shortly.

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.


  • Brownell on December 11, 2012 3:18 PM:

    Why did you list the last item as "nonpolitical", Kilgore? I thought you reserved that for items about football games and golden oldie musicians. Vermont's place as the healthiest state in the union is very political - because umpteen years ago Dr. Howard Dean, as governor, ushered through the Vermont legislature the nation's first major healthcare-for-all legislation. Vermont has continued to lead the nation as having the most comprehensive and universal health care for Vermonters. Kudos to him and Vermont from me, and they deserve kudos in your column.