Political Animal


April 17, 2013 5:29 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’m co-facilitating a church history class this afternoon, so I’ll make this brisk:

* All sorts of crazy rumors of imminent arrests in connection with the Boston bombings. I’ll wait for official confirmations.

* Cloture on Manchin-Toomey fails with only 54 votes. Long article in The Hill does not contain the words “filibuster” or “cloture,” instead just saying the bill was “defeated.”

* Salon’s Irin Carmon publishes a definitive rebuttal of the “liberal media conspiracy” meme on Gosnell case.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein provides pre-buttal to emerging meme (one we’ve heard before) that incumbent presidents can’t much lose re-election bids.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes that while there may be a lot of liberals in academia, it’s quite easy to be too liberal to land a job.

And in non-political news:

* Budweiser not getting good reaction to its new “bow-tie shaped” can, aimed, of course, at the almighty young adult market.

To end the day, here’s another clip from Mad Dogs & Englishmen, as Cocker and company perform “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window.”


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 17, 2013 6:09 PM:

    24 little kids slaughtered by a documented disturbed individual shooting a gun he shouldn't have had using magazines that aren't even used by the military. And the Republican Party does not care. What a foul bunch of Americans.

  • Raoul on April 17, 2013 6:20 PM:

    Actually, Ed, the f*cking Hill article says "resoundingly defeated."

    What the everloving shit is that? That's not reporting, that's right wing punditry/exhalation.

  • Raoul on April 17, 2013 6:22 PM:

    Urm, exultation. But maybe both.

    (h/t spellcheck)

  • T2 on April 17, 2013 6:26 PM:

    Just saw my local TV, calling it a "bipartisan" defeat (which it was), then had Ted Cruz on to promote his bill. Wonderful.

  • Robert on April 17, 2013 6:56 PM:

    From start to finish the organized political opposition to segregation took 12 years to yield the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is going to be a steep climb people. Long. Hard. Work. We will prevail.

  • schtick on April 17, 2013 7:48 PM:

    Teapub lies win again.

  • biggerbox on April 17, 2013 7:54 PM:

    The top of the hour news on Nice Republican Radio said that the 54-46 vote failed to get the needed majority. Because they can't do math, or don't understand the word "majority". I guess it was too hard for them to say it 'failed to get the supermajority required to overcome a Republican filibuster.'

  • Quaker in a Basement on April 17, 2013 8:53 PM:

    Long article in The Hill does not contain the words “filibuster” or “cloture,”

    Sadly, the Hill is correct. The background check amendment was not filibustered, nor was cloture invoked. Senate leadership from both parties agreed in advance that all amendments to the pending legislation would require 60 votes for passage. The Toomey-Manchin amendment came to the floor and Sentors voted.

  • exlibra on April 17, 2013 9:25 PM:

    Following the Senate fiasco on the gun bill, Obama is well and truly pissed off. Stomps on everyone's pee-pee, calls out Republicans and the gun lobby, uses the "l-" word several times.... A pleasure to see:

  • Joe Friday on April 17, 2013 9:33 PM:

    Well, now that the Republicans have given the American people the Big Middle Finger, perhaps some will finally wake up.

    We're probably better off having nothing pass, instead of some watered-down in-name-only legislation that would be blamed for failure.

    Hate to say it, but on to the next gun massacre.

  • Kira on April 18, 2013 1:21 AM:

    Thanks for this!!!

  • Anonymous on April 18, 2013 4:18 AM:

    Someone started a "Shame on You Senators" Facebook page 9 hours ago. Has already gotten 5279 "likes".

    captcha: "chlinedi consciences" - no I don't think the 46 senators who voted NO have consciences, chlinedi or not.

  • Dr. Pete Fugiel on April 18, 2013 6:30 AM:

    The latest senate vote against gun control included 45 senators who represent 109 million Americans, or, 35% of the American people. How we get to a chamber that can impede the wishes of 65% of the American people on a regular basis is due to the fact that 25% of the US population is represented by sixty senators. At our house we say, US federalism has developed a wobble.

  • kk on April 18, 2013 6:59 AM:

    Why do Republicans support the right of felons and the mentally ill to buy guns without a background check?

    Getting a little sick of Republicans being soft on crime here, aren't you? Maybe the Democrats should run some ads about the Republicans who want murderers and rapists to be able to buy guns without having to undergo a background check.

  • floopmeister on April 18, 2013 7:42 AM:

    If you're like some good news in a baleful week, can I direct your attention to that wonderful country across the ditch from us here in Australia.

    Bless New Zealand - while the world goes to hell they quietly (and without any fuss or fanfare) show the way again.

    Here's a NZ member of Parliament making a speech in their Parliament on the occasion of the legalisation of gay Marriage in NZ:


    and the spontaneous singing on the passing of the bill:


  • MuddyLee on April 18, 2013 8:42 AM:

    And the ad popping up on my screen is something like Is Lindsey Graham FOR the Obama anti-gun agenda?

  • Shane Taylor on April 18, 2013 9:13 AM:

    David Graeber is an apologist for Occupy violence.


    Does Washington Monthly seriously consider that liberal?