Political Animal


March 06, 2013 6:07 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

If there’s any actual American political news out there at the moment, I can’t seem to find it. But here are some items hunted-and-gathered at various points in the day:

* Wired’s Ackerman interprets the new Special Inspector General’s report as showing $8 billion in U.S. funds for “reconstruction” of Iraq entirely wasted.

* Lindsay Graham embraces one of America’s most durable racial euphemisms in saying disaster victims need assault rifles to protect themselves from “roaming gangs.”

* In assessing Jeb Bush’s disastrous immigration book, Salon’s Alex Pareene makes a really basic point: nobody can predict the exact positioning of Republicans on policy issues more than a few months ahead.

* At Ten Miles Square, Erik Voeten analyzes Hugo Chavez’ polarizing effect on Latin American support for the United States.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes that state support soon to represent less than half the revenues of public higher education institutions.

And in non-political news:

* Following Yahoo, Best Buy curtails its own telecommuting program for employees.

We’ll end the day as it began, with the Country Gentlemen, this time performing “Fox on the Run” in 1971 at a festival in Reidsville, NC.


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.


  • kindness on March 06, 2013 6:26 PM:

    What, no 'I Want To Save the World' or 'I'm Comming Home'
    by Alvin Lee while he was with Ten Years After?

  • tom rogers on March 06, 2013 6:35 PM:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the links, daily. At least one each day is something I wouldn't have read without being led to it. Much appreciated.

  • Daniel Buck on March 06, 2013 7:46 PM:

    The first bluegrass band I ever saw live was the Country Gentlemen, at the Shamrock in Georgetown in January 1964. Jammed in a closet somewhere are half a dozen of their LPs. Washington was long a magnet for country and bluegrass. There used to be, as recently as the late 1960s, Jennie's, a seedy, smoky country & rockabilly bar next door to the Tune Inn -- Jennie's made the Tune Inn look respectable. Going back further, before my time even, Jimmie Rogers lived in Washington, near NE, at his sister's house as I recall. Possibly in the 1920s. Thus ends the memory lane portion of the program.

  • Ken D. on March 06, 2013 9:23 PM:

    Tastes vary. A different fox running: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjfZG9UzK7E

  • 14All on March 07, 2013 7:07 AM:

    Rand Paul's filibuster, and the attention it's drawing to the drone program, isn't news?

  • howie on March 07, 2013 8:58 AM:

    I love the Gentlemen's version of that song. Unfortunately, every upstart band tried doing that in the '70s and eventually it became a badge of honor NOT to play it.

    Who is on mandolin, BTW? Obviously, Duffey had moved on to the Seldom Scene by then.

  • Daniel Buck on March 07, 2013 12:27 PM:

    On mandolin is Doyle Lawson, who replaced Duffey in the late 60s/early 70s.

    More Doyle Lawson, here,


  • Daniel Buck on March 07, 2013 12:30 PM:

    Oops, the Dotyle Lawson tribute is here,


  • howie on March 07, 2013 4:31 PM:

    Thanks, Dan. In the late '70s, when I spent my time at the Birchmere
    and the Red Fox, I probably knew that. Danged brain cells!