Political Animal


March 25, 2013 6:51 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Still adjusting to life in EDT, where supper can come awfully early, but I’ll be more timely tomorrow.

Here are some remainders from today’s news:

* At The Atlantic, Simone Foxman sorts out winners and losers from the final EU-Cyprus deal.

* Mark Warner joins Claire McCaskill in the parade of Democratic senators announcing support for marriage equality.

* After considerable smoke from ex-staffers, Michele Bachmann faces Office of Congressional Ethics investigation of her 2012 presidential campaign finances to see if there’s fire.

* Sen. Tim Johnson expected to announce 2014 retirement tomorrow.

* At Ten Miles Square, Larry Bartels reports new research finding that—surprise, surprise—wealthy Americans think budget deficits are a very big deal, and favor cutting government spending to reduce them.

* At College Guide, Gregory Koger evaluates the uncertain effects of the Mikulski-Coburn “compromise” on NSF funding of political science research, and Seth Masket charts where these grants actually go.

And in non-political news:

* An entertainment biz look at TV’s renewed obsession with religion.

Passover begins tonight, and we’re into Holy Week, so happy reflections to all.

To close the day, here again are the Yardbirds, performing “Over, Under, Sideways, Down” in 1967.


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.


  • Th on March 25, 2013 7:27 PM:

    Supper?! Welcome back to the south.

  • pterosonus on March 26, 2013 1:20 AM:

    Very strange video - they never show Jimmy Page's face once. What gives?

  • Slideguy on March 26, 2013 9:28 PM:

    So who's decision do you think it was that only McCarty and Relf's faces were shown? I would assume that was Beck's guitar and Dreja's bass in those precursor to youtube, headless player shots. But neither of them got any face time.