Political Animal


January 30, 2013 5:26 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Man, an afternoon of watching Fox was as harrowing as expected. What really amazes me are their “panels” where a lot of people together escalate right-wing arguments (that seems to be the basic idea of “The Five,” where at the moment they are accusing “the media”—e.g., the non-Fox media—of deliberately lying on every issue because they hate so many Americans. Only one Kirstin Powers sighting, and I’ll report on that tomorrow after I see if she’s on again tonight.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Another poll (WaPo/ABC) showing a spike in the president’s favorability ratings, now up to 60%.

* TNR’s Paul Slansky publishes fun multiple choice quiz on Sarah Palin Era at Fox.

* TAP’s Jamelle Bouie explains why only a constitutional right to vote will end voter suppresion efforts.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ezra Klein makes the economic case for immigration reform.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer critiques Mississippi plan to make high schools reimburse community colleges for cost of students taking remedial courses.

And in non-political news:

* Washington State looking for “weed consultant” to help it prepare to regulate legalized pot.

To close the day, here’s Lenny Kravitz again, this time with “Mr. Cab Driver.”


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.


  • Joe Friday on January 30, 2013 6:57 PM:

    Gabby Giffords testimony today once again makes Wayne LaPierre look like a raving lunatic.

  • exlibra on January 30, 2013 7:53 PM:

    Joe Friday, @6:57: LaPierre manages to do that, every time he opens his mouth in public, even without Gifford's help.

  • Bob M on January 30, 2013 10:16 PM:

    I see that defence spending plunged in the 4th quarter, lowering the GDP. I think the GOP expected it to hit before the election, so Obama could be blamed. That would explain why Jack Welch was so outraged by stats coming out of Washington in October. Tough luck, suckers!

  • Aaron Morrow on January 31, 2013 10:30 AM: