Political Animal


March 05, 2013 5:43 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Today’s political news slowed to a crawl, but then there was this:

* Hugo Chavez dies in Caracas at 58.

Here are some other remainders of the day:

* It’s election day in L.A.; here’s a preview of the mayor’s contest, which will almost certainly go to a runoff.

* Cillizza discusses need for a “Sister Souljah Moment” in the GOP, and notes it matters a great deal who provides it.

* At Ten Miles Square, Austin Frakt reports research on corporate “wellness” programs doesn’t indicate significant cost savings.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues against proposition that college or college loan costs represent a “bubble.”

And in sorta non-political news: Dow reaches new high—but only if you ignore inflation.

To close the day, here’s Rick Wakeman again with another cut from Six Wives of Henry VIII, “Anne Boleyn,” performed in 1993.


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.


  • Meady on March 05, 2013 6:59 PM:

    I want my 3 minutes back for reading the Chris Cilliza article. I knew before I did it that it would be folly. For in my view, Cilliza is a hack. There is a certain superficiality to the whole notion of a GOP Sista Souljah moment. In reality, as described by Gerson et al, there have been many such moments and many of them at the hands of McCain. What should be bewildering to them is the vast number of missed opportunities for such a moment. How many missed opportunities need to occur before these "observers/strategists" realize that in reality there is no opportunity at all for such a moment in the GOP. There is no one to stand up to them because anyone with a hint of introspection is branded a RINO and run out on a rail. The problem is their policies and right now those are akin to a religion and are above reproach. And BTW, I don't remember Sista Soulja having a huge following in the Democratic Party or any major influence. Gerson basically characterizes the Clinton move as more opportunistic than lofty. And perhaps that too is part of the problem. One wonders if the envy of such a moment is more about exploitation of an opportunity or for having a politician willing to "stand up for what is right". Cilliza of course sees none of this and is very proud of his observation that it matters who says what. Yes, brilliant beyond words. I trust his judgement more than ever. /snark

  • Barefoot on March 05, 2013 9:42 PM:

    Oh, puhleaze, Kilgore! You need to hand in your Southerner card for linking to that flaming bag of stinking stuff Cillizza left on your porch.

    Am I the only one who remembers 1992 here? By standing up to a minor-league hip hop character like Sister Souljah, Clinton was able to establish his bona fides with southern white conservatives. He was just able to do it without alienating his base. By making himself palatable to just enough southern whites willing to vote Democratic in the middle of a recession, he was able to win.

    There is absolutely nothing about this cynical Clinton ploy that applies to today's Republican party. There is nothing one of their candidates can say to signal moderation to Democratic swing voters that their conservative base will tolerate.

  • gab on March 06, 2013 12:21 AM:

    The next time someone says "the Dow made an all time high if you ignore inflation" I'm going to
    'effin scream.

    We're also ignoring dividends aren't we? We're ignoring that American Leather is no longer a DOW component too, right?

    The DOW is a fabricated number so let's not qualify it.