Political Animal


April 09, 2013 5:49 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Got some good news about my father’s health, so I end this day in a fine mood. Here are some remainders of the day:

* Obama declares today National Equal Pay Day, a good idea for every day.

* Obama also makes three appointments to National Labor Relations Board in wake of court decision invalidating recess appointments. Real shame we can’t have filibuster reform to make confirmation of these nominees possible.

* Once again, Pat Robertson (who really needs to retire) calls down divine wrath on someone daring to propose Middle East peace talks, this time Secretary of State John Kerry.

* Well, so much for any hope of getting them all: Mark Pryor reiterates his opposition to same-sex marriage rights. Nor does he speak of his views “evolving,” though that may be because someone in Arkansas might accuse him of creeping Darwinism.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein credits Thatcher for expanding elite appreciation of market economics.

* At College Guide, Keith Humphreys discusses the elite university admissions “arms race” in which applicants and their families are expected to prove worthiness more every year.

And in non-political news:

* The most famous Mouseketeer of them all (at least for being a Mouseketeer), Annette Funicello, dies at 70.

To end the day, here again is Rachid Taha, with an infectious tune called “Ya Raha,” from 1997.


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.


  • T2 on April 09, 2013 6:09 PM:

    The funniest thing about McConnellgate so far was when the Senator compared this "bugging" to "Nixonian" dirty tricks.
    Last time it checked, Nixon was a Republican.

  • gregor on April 09, 2013 6:52 PM:

    That's nothing.

    In elite schools of New Delhi and Calcutta and Mumbai and Banaglore, the parents are interviewed for admission of their kids to kindergarten.

  • Joe Friday on April 09, 2013 10:26 PM:

    Rather interesting to watch how it's perfectly fine for the American military to fly B-2 Bombers over the Korean peninsula, perfectly fine to fly F-22 fighter jets over the Korean peninsula, perfectly fine to park aircraft carriers and an Aegis class cruiser offshore, but if North Korea launches a test missile - roll out the fainting couches !