Political Animal


April 10, 2013 5:53 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

A very lively day, all things considered, and it’s not as though the budget, gun and (tomorrow’s specialty) immigration issues are going away any time soon.

Here are some items left on the cutting room floor, or just eluding my full-blog grasp:

* As expected, a leading Republican (as a matter of fact, the chair of the NRCC) attacks Obama’s Chained CPI proposal as a “shocking attack on seniors,” compounding Obamacare’s “Medicare cuts.”

* Ted Cruz not budging on gun filibuster.

* At TNR, John Judis argues that if Dems are going to wage a largely symbolic “crusade,” they might want to focus on the economy rather than guns.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rhiannon Kirkland offers another sad example of the insanely disproportionate nature of minor drug crime sentences.

* At College Guide, Anne Kim evaluates the College Board’s proposal for separate Pell Grant programs for younger and older students.

And in non-political news:

* UConn has little trouble with Louisville in women’s national championship basketball game. One-out-of-two ain’t bad, Cardinals. Huskies now tied w/ Tennessee for most women’s NCAA titles, at eight.

To end the day with another Byrds song involving animals, here they are on German TV performing “Chestnut Mare.”


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 10, 2013 7:25 PM:

    Looks like the RNCC took the bait.

  • Cool Bev on April 10, 2013 7:49 PM:

    Chestnut Mare, written by Roger McGuinn and his psychoanalyst as part of a planned Jungian cowboy psycho-opera. The mare is an anima figure, and the part about them falling down to meet their reflection flying up out of a pool represents the fusion of opposites.

    Really. No fooling.

  • godoggo on April 10, 2013 9:01 PM:

    Higher than I've ever been before!

    I read somewhere it was based on Peer Gynt. Probably in Wikipedia.

  • beejeez on April 11, 2013 10:56 AM:

    They skipped the bridge, dang it. And hey, was that Leon Russell sitting in on bass?