Political Animal


May 06, 2013 6:02 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Managed a big four hours of sleep last night; guess that Mad Men episode chased off the sandman.

Before I nap, here are some final items of the day:

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent has a good summary of the latest twisted arguments feeding the latest outbreak of Benghazi! fever.

* Adele Stan (our sometimes colleague here at PA) has a solid report for RH Reality Check on the extremist background of the new spox for Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

* Red-state senators up for re-election in ‘14, Begich, Hagan and Pryor, come out against chained CPI.

* In a typically twisted analogy, Rick Perry compares fight against LGBT rights to antislavery struggle. Interesting argument for an occasional secessionist to offer.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides argues Obama is actually using political science findings about the limits on presidential power.

* At College Guide, Jonathan Mahler provides a succinct description of O’Bannon v. NCAA, the lawsuit over the money generated by college athletic endeavors that could radically change college sports forever.

And in non-political news:

* Art Institute of Pittsburgh tops (or bottoms) Payscale’s list of schools with worst ROI numbers (predicted future income compared to cost of attendence).

To close the day, here’s Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson again, performing the head-banger classic “Once Bitten Twice Shy” in 1975.


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.


  • Joe Friday on May 06, 2013 7:25 PM:

    "Red-state senators up for re-election in '14, Begich, Hagan and Pryor, come out against chained CPI."

    I keep sayin', Obama needs to come out and claim he only included the Chained CPI in his grand bargain budget offers in an effort to smoke out the Republicans as not willing to compromise, but he would never have actually went along with it.

    And PRAY people believe it.

  • neutrino23 on May 06, 2013 9:54 PM:

    It would have been more interesting if they had listed some sort of reasons why the colleges didn't pay off financially, though they might have been worth it in a personal development sense.

    Not many art graduates or Christian school graduates are likely to command large salaries and that is probably more or less OK with the students. I'm sure they'd like to do well but making money is not the reason for attending.

    It would have been interesting to find the failures in producing graduates who are normally expected to succeed financially. Top computer science majors and other engineering graduates command large salaries upon graduation. Which engineering schools don't confer this benefit? That would be useful to know.

  • web md type gal on May 06, 2013 11:35 PM:

    Suggest taking a couple of over the counter inexpensive Benedryl tabs for sleep. Works well, makes skin look nice, dries up nasal drips and any congestion. Each tab is 25 mg, a sleepless sort can go as high as 75 mg....easily tolerated and you wake up just fine

    Capcha has the word "difference."

    Meant to be--Benedryl at night does make a big difference for rest

  • KK on May 07, 2013 8:52 AM:

    Every Senator will run against C-CPI, including R'S. Cheers to them all and the faster all proclaim the idea DOA the better. Sometimes I wonder who the Prez thinks elected him. JFs idea is spot on. I keep writing to OFA telling them they get nothing until he divorces himself from the stupid idea. My Congreewomen gets the same, though in her case I am quite sure she would never support it. Nor do I think Gilibrand or Shumer would. A truly incredibly stupid idea.