Political Animal


January 24, 2013 6:25 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Need a mental laxative after brisk trip through British political journalism. Here are some remains of the day:

* Harry Reid admits to Ezra Klein that he’s really not in favor of reducing 60-vote threshold for enacting legislation in the Senate. Explains a lot.

* According to study commissioned by Orlando Sentinel, 201,000 Florida voters were deterred from casting ballots on November 6 by long voting lines.

* A very different study, suggesting that some robo-polls are adjusted to stay close to previously released live-interview surveys, is discussed by ABC’s Gary Langer.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll explains anomaly where in states refusing ACA Medicaid expansion, legal immigrants may qualify for coverage even as some citizens won’t.

* At College Guide, Jonathan Mahler places Te’o revelations in context of long tradition of Notre Dame “hooey.” I guess Dome-haterz are gonna hate.

And in non-political news:

* McDonald’s announces all of its seafood offerings (Filet-o-Fish and the upcoming Fish McBites) will be certified-sustainable. Don’t know if that extends to the McLobster they serve up here and there in New England and Canada.

Having begun the day with the Lou Reed of the self-consciously decadent Transformer, here he is from the even more self-consciously decadent Berlin with “How Do You Think It Feels?”


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.


  • mrs. j on January 24, 2013 9:31 PM:

    I can commment on the Notre Dame hooey. It is a fact.
    Out at South Bend they exist in their own bubble, and it is very much a self-involved existence they clearly enjoy. Cultlike, in some respects, although the people, especially the men, are gorgeous and special. Drop dead knock out lovely. And they tend to look alike. Handsome, successful.

    Having gone there for football games featuring Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh, both in 2005 and 2012--there's a massive fan support for Notre Dame, yet an enormous problem as regard to *fairness*--in this respect with *officiating* from the varied football referees at Notre Dame--there's a win-regardless-of-anything-whether right or wrong vibe there. They will lie, cheat, and call in the unheard of "as per further review" announcements where a team like Pitt loses the game they had been winning all along. It is INSANE.
    Girl from Pitt will attest to it--Mrs. J

  • Too on January 25, 2013 6:06 AM:

    Looks like weak-kneed Reid showed his true colors again. Just goes to show again that they may make noise, but there is very little difference between the Democraps and the Republicancers.