Political Animal


April 29, 2013 6:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Lost track of time while looking at 1964 election statistics (not as available online as you would hope); not sure if Kevin Williamson’s essay on Goldwater the civil rights hero and LBJ the racist was worth the effort.

In any event, here are some leftover and late-breaking news/views items:

* As expected, Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx nominated by president to succeed Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation. More about that tomorrow.

* Meals on Wheels distributions being ratcheted down due to sequestration.

* Per Brother Benen, Gary Peters announces candidacy for open Michigan Senate seat, but Democrat Chellie Pinnigree of ME and Republican Aaron Schock of IL out as gubernatorial candidates.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman reminds us of Grover Norquist’s indiscriminate pursuit of Islamic allies for the GOP back in the day.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that overall, for-profit colleges add very little to earning potential of high school graduates.

And in non-political news:

* Sonic rolls out a peanut butter & bacon shake that weighs in at 1,720 calories.

Time for some moonlighting & then maybe a nap. Here to close the day is the Reverend Horton Heat performing “Please Don’t Take the Baby To the Liquor Store” at the 2009 Texas Rockabilly Festival.


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.


  • TR on April 29, 2013 6:48 PM:

    You know what this site needs? More popup ads.

    Even with the half dozen I currently get, I can still almost read the articles. A few more should make the site completely unreadable.

  • mudwall jackson on April 29, 2013 6:50 PM:

    for-profit colleges: perfect for those who want a degree but not necessarily an education

  • Joe Friday on April 29, 2013 7:23 PM:

    Apparently Rob Portman (R-OH) is dancin' as fast as he can, as he's being repeatedly grilled by statewide media to justify his vote against Manchin-Toomey.

    Portman is down in the polls big time since his vote, and already has one candidate who declared to run against him, citing his vote as the last straw.

  • punaise on April 29, 2013 9:37 PM:

    agreed, TR. As a subscriber?/donor I'm a frequent visitor and reader, but the Emily's List thing is really starting to wear me down...

  • an0nym0us on April 29, 2013 10:49 PM:

    Emily won't go away and even comes back as one moves through the posts.
    As for LBJ, I knew history would treat him as a great president with his administration's Civil Rights and Medicare legislation, as well as the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Act of 1966, knowing as well, as with the rest of my age group.... that the Vietnam War would haunt his legacy.

  • james on April 30, 2013 1:38 AM:

    The Sonic shake sounds delicious. . . dangerous and deadly, too.

  • Good-bye on April 30, 2013 10:53 AM:

    Pathetic, Dems, really.

    If I may ask a question without ruffling the delicate feathers of progressive posters, where in hell are the comments, where is the outrage, where is the call for action on the life-affecting impacts of diminishing Meals on Wheels, you who gripe about pop-up ads and take the time to comment on Sonic milkshakes.

    Sorry, was that not PC, did I offend anyone? Because guess what, dear superior non-Republicans…Harry Reid is not BY FAR, the only Democrat that is letting this nation down.

    I've removed my profile from Newstalkers and Newsvine/Maddow and am now leaving here for good. I am sick to death of the unproductive whining at a time when we need to be as pro-active in saving our diminishing way of life as the damn Republicans are in destroying it for their personal gain.