Political Animal


May 15, 2013 5:59 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

If anyone’s interesting in listening to the segment of KCRW’s “To the Point” today where I briefly appeared today, it’s here. According to the producer, I had the studio folk in stitches with a reference to the Three Scandals being a “bottomless crack pipe” for Republicans (a phrase I use habitually).

Here are some final items for what seemed like a scandalously long day:

* Takoma Park, Maryland, a MoCo jurisdiction that often pushes envelopes, has approved voting for 16-year-olds in city elections.

* Reid hints renewed action on filibuster reform could happen if Richard Cordray nomination filibustered next week. Hope he’s serious.

* Eric Holder tells Darrell Issa to his face during Judiciary Committee hearing that his conduct was “unacceptable” and “shameful.” Guess this will be cited as another example of administration “intimidation.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Ryan Cooper points out the Sierra Club once had its tax-exempt status actually revoked after it aggressively opposed two big dam projects.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues it’s far past time for the federal government to actually demand transparency from higher education institutions, instead of studying the topic perpetually.

And in non-political news:

* Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ net worth higher than Oprah’s. Man, those Seinfeld reruns must be doing really well.

To close the day, here again are The Roches, performing their haunting “Hammond Song” on Soundstage in 1983.


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.


  • howie on May 15, 2013 6:58 PM:

    With Julia Louis-Dreyfus, I'm sure it's that massive Brad Hall fortune causing that. ;)