Political Animal


February 20, 2013 5:41 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Thanks to Kathleen Geier for supplying some fine early afternoon content; turns out our meeting lasted a lot longer than was expected.

Here are some day’s end items in the midst of one of the slower hard news weeks in some time:

* John Kerry’s first speech as Secretary of State included ringing call for action on climate change.

* Tomasky suggests Republicans in blaming Obama for sequester “are not following any earth logic of which I’m aware.” Good one, Mike.

* New York Times puts Boston Globe on the block for sale.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket explores brain science findings on differences between liberals and conservatives in assessing risk.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports attending a diverse college appears to boost later earnings.

And in non-political news:

* Would-be place kicker will be first woman to participate in NFL regional combines.

So to end the day, here’s another improbable cut from Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: a cover of “Good Vibrations.”


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.


  • alwaysiamcaesar on February 20, 2013 7:05 PM:

    Tomasky has some over ripe commenters .

  • rea on February 20, 2013 7:08 PM:

    I'll never forget how well Kenny Rogers pitched in the 2006 playoffs. Nice to learn he could sing, too.

  • Decatur Dem on February 20, 2013 8:13 PM:

    On the day after Danica Patrick qualifies for the pole position at Talladega, and twenty years after Manon Rhéaume tended goal in the NHL, who's to say Lauren Silberman can't kick in the NFL?

  • jkl; on February 20, 2013 9:19 PM:

    All of the day's end posts are interesting, as usual.

    I like Mike Tomasky. He reminds me of an old time movie star somehow. Anyway, good points that he offers on the sequester b.s. Just saw him on John Fugelsang's show "Viewpoint" on Current TV.

    And I am never surprised that conservatives fare poorly, seem paranoid and fearful, and especially in need of authority figures, remaining less apt to adjust to change or to seek change, especially self-righteous and limited in discourse--with mere talking points to offer--and frequently prone to walking out of the room rather than discuss differences or really get into a debate. Pretty vague interiors.
    Been there, done that. Good riddance to their limitations. Will be interesting to see what becomes of them.

  • Rose on February 20, 2013 9:22 PM:

    Thank you!

  • Crissa on February 21, 2013 2:31 AM:

    Why would anyone buy the Boston Globe? The Times has eviscerated the Globe's ability to do anything independent. There's nothing there left to buy. You'd spend more money replacing the parts that the Times already destroyed.

    It's like saying your neighbor is selling their Camero, but they stripped out the engine and left it in the snow to replace it with their own, but are keeping the new engine. You can have the old one to put back in. Yeah, sure, but then it won't run