Political Animal


January 29, 2013 5:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

The president’s advocacy of speedy deliberation notwithstanding, I think we’ll be arguing about immigration reform for a good chunk of this year. For now, here are some final news items of the day:

* New CBS poll shows 51% favoring “path to citizenship” for undocumented people now in U.S.; 25% favoring deportation; and 20% a “guest worker” program. Among GOPers, deportation edges path to citizenship 36/35.

* Guardian’s Harry Enten reviews the reasons shift on immigration may not help Republicans much with Latinos—or in winning presidential elections.

* PPI’s Will Marshall lays out “little bargain” debt strategy for Obama.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides notes post-Newtown media coverage of gun issues massively larger than in periods after previous gun massacres.

* At College Guide, Matthew Kahn notes new study indicating most college students value “amenities” more than academic quality.

And in non-political news:

* Band’s cheap pyrotechnic devices intended for outdoor use blamed by police for Brazilian night club fire that killed 234.

In closing, here’s another video of the Irish band Horslips, performing “Speed the Plough” in 2009. They’ve still got it.


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.


  • jfr on January 29, 2013 6:53 PM:

    "he will put long-term entitlement reform on the table."

    enough bull from rightwing corporate Dems like Will Marshall, there is no need to "reform" entitlements. Obama won, Marshall's pals lost, get over it.

  • Joe on January 29, 2013 10:18 PM:

    I thought I was the only guy who knew the band Horslips. Wow, thanks!

  • Ron Byers on January 30, 2013 8:12 AM:

    Rachel thought she was being profound when she pointed out the generally liberal polling among Hispanics, but right now Republicans are in a deep hole with Hispanics. Before the Republicans have a chance with them, they have to stop digging.

    I haven't done the math yet, but I would take a look at the Hispanic population by age group. I suspect, but haven't confirmed, that you will find the Hispanic population is young and the liberal poll numbers reflect that youth.