Political Animal


April 08, 2013 6:20 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I learned a few new things from today’s Thatcher-fest, but it mostly brought back bad old memories. I wish her eternal rest, but plan to take a rest myself from further reminiscences unless something really unusual comes up.

Here are some final news/views items of the day:

* Liz Cheney, last seen authoring an op-ed that managed to be both crazy and tedious, said to be seriously eyeing a Senate race in Wyoming.

* New York’s Andrew Rice explains Buzzfeed’s formula for traffic and dollars.

* With Tim Johnson endorsing marriage equality, Senate Dem holdouts down to what may be the irreducible minimum: Landrieu, Manchin and Pryor.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket cites research showing party endorsements had a big impact in California’s “non-partisan” Top Two primaries in 2012.

* At College Guide, Andrew Gelman pours scorn on David Brooks’ column on online education.

And in non-political news:

* JC Penney goes through revolving doors, ousting CEO (stocks went up) but replacing him with predecessor (stocks go down).

That’s it for the day. I didn’t get to a post taking rare issue with my friend Jonathan Bernstein on the GOP’s “problem” as a “broken party,” but will tomorrow.

Meanwhile, to end the day, here again is the Sir Douglas Quintet, this time being interviewed by Hugh Hefner before performing “Mendocino” on the ever-cheesy Playboy After Dark in 1969.


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.


  • c u n d gulag on April 08, 2013 6:29 PM:


    Liz Cheney's thinking of running!

    Of course, has there EVER been anything as predictable as that, since the time when the provider of that lucky sperm that met Lynn's lucky egg, and produced Liz, and yet another deferment, decided, after months of searching, that HE was the ideal VP for "Little Boots" Bush?


  • Anonymous on April 08, 2013 6:50 PM:

    * Liz Cheney, last seen authoring an op-ed that managed to be both crazy and tedious, said to be seriously eyeing a Senate race in Wyoming.

    I thought nothing could ever make me miss Alan Simpson. I was wrong again.

  • alljack on April 08, 2013 9:35 PM:

    For my money, the late "Sir Douglas" Doug Sahm really hit his stride with The Texas Tornadoes. With Flaco Jimenez, Freddy Fender, and Augie Meyer, they are all the Texas I'll ever want or need.

  • smartalek on April 08, 2013 10:03 PM:

    That clip reminds me of what must surely be in the running for Most. Incongruous. Cultural. Moment. Ever:
    The Grateful Dead doing a set on Playboy After Dark.
    They did "St. Stephen" and "Mountains of the Moon;" it's readily findable at YouTube.
    I have less than no idea what the bookers might have been thinking.
    (Maybe they were envisioning those hot San Francisco hippie chicks, and all the "free love"?)
    I can't tell who looks more befuddled, the boys in the band, or the partiers...

  • Paul Gottlieb on April 08, 2013 11:38 PM:

    "Playboy After Dark" may have been cheesy--hell, it was cheesy--but the list of great musical acts they had on there was just awesome--both in quality and variety. What ever else you can say about old Hugh Hefner, he really loved music