Political Animal


January 17, 2013 5:30 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

There actually wasn’t a lot of political news today, but it was fun to deal with some hardy perennial subjects. Here’s what I’ve got for remainders:

* Fox renews Karl Rove’s contract as “analyst” through 2016. He did such a bang-up job on election night, after all.

* Seems questioning Pakistan’s blasphemy laws can get you accused of blasphemy, as Pakistan’s ambassador to U.S. is discovering.

* At TAP, Paul Starr extensively reviews Obama’s second-term policy options in immigration, health care and climate change.

* At Ten Miles Square, Do Hyun Kim explores the many mansions of U.S. wealth inequality.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses reasons journalists were suckered into the Manti T’eo “fake girlfriend” story.

And in non-political news:

* “Dear Abby” dies at 94.

Continuing my recent practice of ending the day with a musical group or theme deployed at the beginning, here’s more Allman Brothers, performing “Trouble No More” at JazzFest in 2010.


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.


  • mellowjohn on January 17, 2013 6:34 PM:

    ...reasons journalists were suckered into the Manti T’eo “fake girlfriend” story.

    didn't click thru, but i'll take a guess: because they're lazy schmucks who aspire to careers in The Village?

  • Anonymous on January 17, 2013 6:43 PM:

    I can't believe the Allman Brothers still have anybody to tour the name around. I listened to my brother playing Live At The Filmore so many times that I will never forget those cord progrssions and lyrics. The 60/70's will take a long time going away at this rate!

  • James on January 17, 2013 7:19 PM:

    Disappointed that no one posted a Dear Abby tribute. Here's John Prine:

  • winner on January 18, 2013 4:31 AM:

    Karl did a great job of getting people to switch over to Fox News to watch his tantrum when they heard about it through social media. Well worth an extended contract. When has FNC ever been concerned about accuracy or sanity?