Political Animal


April 23, 2013 5:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Could watch the NBA playoffs tonight, but think I’d rather read a book. Maybe I’ll download Jamie Malanowski’s Book of Levon.

Here are some remains of the news day:

* Another potential GOP Senate candidate in Iowa, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, has sworn off the race, which is interesting given the insider buzz suggesting that Steve King is leaning against a bid as well.

* Ramesh Ponnuru offers rare conservative attack on “guest worker” provisions of Gang of Eight bill.

* New Gallup survey continues to show HRC with unparalleled name ID and popularity (64-31 favorable/unfavorable ratio). Interestingly, 13% of respondents say they’ve never heard of John Kerry.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ryan Cooper argues that climate change, which involves self-preservation of our own species, ought to be more compelling than “environmental issues.”

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Joshua Tucker explores theory that Syria, not Chechnya, at root of Tsarnaev’s terrorist acts.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that college admissions officers continue to think student application essays are on the whole really bad.

And in non-political news:

* Employment website ranks worst jobs in terms of employment opportunities, pay and work load, and “newspaper reporter” winds up at absolute bottom.

On that note of cheer to journalists everywhere, let’s end the day with a look down into the abyss, where we find Iggy Pop (again in a Letterman appearance in 1986) performing “Home” for those in danger of lacking one.


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.


  • mudwall jackson on April 23, 2013 6:22 PM:

    my first job out of college was as a reporter for a newspaper in w.va. paid $130 a week, which as i found out a few months later, was less than the lowest paid job in the major city that i covered by a fair margin. pay and job opportunities in the profession sucked back then as they do now.

    but i have to say that despite the rotten pay, the working conditions were far better than what roofers endure and not just because of the nature of the work. anyone who thinks that roofing is a piece of cake should try standing on one during a hot summer's day.

  • Honeyboy Wilson on April 23, 2013 8:40 PM:

    I had not heard of the Levon Helm book, thanks for the headís up.

    I had been looking all year for a list of The Band songs with Levon as the lead singer. I had almost given up when I found it at:


    I bought all the songs from Amazon and it turned into a really fine 2-CD set. Goes great with his Dirt Farmer and Electric Dirt.

  • LaFollette Progressive on April 24, 2013 3:52 PM:

    "Interestingly, 13% of respondents say they've never heard of John Kerry."

    The 18-25 demographic were the 9-16 demographic in 2004. Horrifying, but true.