Political Animal


May 07, 2013 5:32 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Trying to decide if I’ll take a nap and then watch the latest Borgias episode On Demand, or instead dive right into an online Gamecast of the Braves vs. the Reds. Guess it’s one of those Dark Versus Light calls (do follow that link if you like classic Southern New Wave music).

Either way, here are some final news items of the day:

* U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) decides against running for the Senate in 2014, leaving Michelle Nunn (who hasn’t yet decided) as the only “name” Democrat considering the race against the backdrop of a real freakshow of a GOP primary.

* At NYRB, Christian Caryl offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of Chechen-Americans in the Boston area.

* Two political scientists publish study showing effects of Obama campaign’s GOTV operation in 2012 over-blown by many analysts.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein argues that partisan polarization doesn’t make ideological polarization inevitable—but today’s radicalized GOP does.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on trend of outsourcing college assignment grading to other countries. Who knew?

* And then there were eleven Delaware became the eleventh state to legalize same sex marriage. [This item was added after the newswrap published. —Moderator]

And in non-political news:

* Dow closes above 15k for first time.

That’s it for the day. Here’s one more version of “Satisfaction,” this one from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.


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.


  • Michael W on May 07, 2013 6:14 PM:

    Hey, Ed, you posted your round-up a little too early. MSNBC has a banner up on their website (no link yet) informing us that today Delaware became the 11th state to pass same-sex marriage. It's on HuffPost, too. Latest word I'm getting is that the governor has already signed it, and it goes into effect July 1st.


    [I have access. I'll add that info. --Mod]

  • Decatur Dem on May 07, 2013 8:59 PM:

    "Chechen- Americans".
    And what ever became of former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones's idea of getting in the GA Democratic senatorial nomination race?

  • exlibra on May 07, 2013 10:52 PM:

    South Carolina forgives the Appalachian Trail hiker:

    "chiampe triangle" says Craptcha. Not sure how to interpret it.

  • Walker on May 07, 2013 11:36 PM:

    "Two political scientists publish study showing effects of Obama campaign’s GOTV operation in 2012 over-blown by many analysts."

    Blog posts are not published studies. When you say "published studies", people generally assume that it is peer reviewed. This is a blog post where the first comment underneath is attacking their methodology.

    There is nothing wrong with this if you treat it as preliminary research, but we really need to stop throwing around the "published study" moniker so lightly.

  • just bill on May 08, 2013 8:08 AM:

    i've been dealing with that annoying pop-up for over two weeks now, and i'm really getting sick of having to waste all that time closing it out, only to have an advertisement pop up anyway. if that doesn't go away soon, i'm not going to bother to come here any more.