Political Animal


March 26, 2013 5:24 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Thank God we’ve got another big set of oral arguments before the Supreme Court tomorrow on the same general subject so that speculation over today’s doesn’t get ridiculously out of hand. Parsing oral arguments is fine (and fun!), but we’ll know soon enough what it all means.

Here are some final items for the day:

* Mike Huckabee, touted just last week by Reince Priebus as a sensible model for talking about cultural issues, warns conservative evangelicals will leave GOP en masse if party flinches in opposition to marriage equality.

* North Dakota’s Republican governor, Jack Dalrymple, signs bill banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, all but demanding Court test.

* Nate Silver provides everything you’d ever want to know about recent polling on same-sex marriage.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jennifer Nicoll Victor uses findings of political science research to show how political scientists can get research dollars restored.

* At College Guide, Norman Matloff explores academic weaknesses of online colleges.

And in non-political news:

* Lou Reed cancels California tour dates for April, with no explanation. Guess I can stop wondering if I should spend money I don’t have on less-than-ideal seats.

Enough of this busy day. Since it’s still Lent, here again are the Electric Prunes performing “Kyrie Eleison” from their Mass in F Minor. Yep, that’s right.


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.


  • Cool Bev on March 26, 2013 6:36 PM:

    That was the song that broke up the Prunes. It was forced on them by management - they were just a garage band, and couldn't hack it. It was performed almost entirely by studio hired guns.

    They made a nice album in 2004, "California", with a sweet single "Rickenbacker 12-String".

  • martin on March 26, 2013 9:06 PM:

    Lou Reed cancels California tour dates for April, with no explanation.

    Just like the good ol' days ;>

  • JM917 on March 26, 2013 11:54 PM:

    So Huckabee is threatening to lead a mass walkout of evangelicals if Republicans cave on gay marriage.

    Wonderful! Go, Mike go! Lead the aroused and angry fundis right out of the GOTea and into some kind of "Party of God." Splitting the right into a party of the 1-percenters and the neocons, on the one hand, and a party of angry fundamentalists and cultural warriros, on the other hand, is just what we liberals need to see happen.

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  • Quero on March 27, 2013 8:32 AM:

    And what would the name of this newly form 3rd Party be Gov. Huckleberry?

    Please tell us your platform?

    Do you ever wonder why more and more Americans are refusing to claim they are religious?

  • KK on March 27, 2013 9:14 AM:

    I would say save your money if its tight and pass on Sweet Lou.
    Sadly, Lou is pretty much done. Last time I saw him, rather then nostalgic I was saddened. His show took energy and dexterity, two things the current Lou does not have. I believe it was at MSG during the 25 anniversary of the Rock n Roll HoF show.
    I will add, if u have spare cash, Lou is worth a shot.
    Btw, pass onI Patty Smith as well if she passes your way.
    At that RR HoF show they had to do 3 takes of 'Because the Night'. Patty couldn't sing along at the right moments. Bruce reloaded, I'd guess to get her on the Album. She missed again. Bruce stops abruptly, asks Bono to go over to her. Bruce starts again, Bono counts 1,2,3 for Patty and off she goes. The whole thing was comical. Kudos to Bruce and Bono who were truly great sports.