Political Animal


May 06, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’ve been watching Martin O’Malley from a reasonably close vantage point for a long time. But I learned a lot about him in Haley Sweetland Edwards’ profile of the Maryland governor and his work in the May/June issue of the Washington Monthly. More about that later.

* Obama to launch new “jobs tour,” which shows White House is indeed paying attention to polls.

* City Journal’s Steven Malanga pens paean to the genius and boldness of Republican governors that could be unconscious parody of the meme I’ve been mocking regularly here at PA.

* Jonathan Chait clearly not enchanted with T-Mac/Cooch matchup in Virginia.

* Latvia the new favorite country of austerity fans.

* Social networks still a powerful force in job discrimination against African-Americans.

And in non-political news:

* Uh-oh: YouTube moving towards “subscription” paywall, but only for content providers who want one.

Back within an hour.

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.


  • K in VA on May 06, 2013 2:12 PM:

    Re: YouTube

    Is this the end of internet cat videos? Put another way, is this the end of life as we know it?

  • Joe Friday on May 06, 2013 2:40 PM:

    "Steven Malanga pens paean to the genius and boldness of Republican governors that could be unconscious parody of the meme I've been mocking regularly here at PA."

    Newt was flogging this dead horse on 'Meet the Republicans' yesterday, going on and on about how bold and innovative and successful Republican governors have been compared to "Washington" (Obama).

    Drink enough Purple Kool-Aid and you can convince yourself of anything.

  • LaFollette Progressive on May 06, 2013 3:07 PM:

    As a Maryland resident, I can say that while there have been a number of worse names mentioned for a future Democratic Presidential nominee, O'Malley is not one of the better ones.

    He's a show pony by nature, built his career on puffed-up phony crime stats (Mayor Carcetti in the Wire was a thinly-disguised version of him), and built his managerial reputation primarily by his skills at keeping insiders of all stripes happy (ass-covering for the nation's worst electrical utility's pathetic performance being just one example).

    His ineptness at managing a legislature with an overwhelming Democratic majority led to such joys as an expensive and completely pointless special session, financed by taxpayers, to resolve INTRA-PARTY disputes. I understand that in this era of widespread crazification an inability to cut useful deals with Republicans should not reflect poorly on a Democratic pol, but an inability to cut useful deals with your own majority leaders, even ones as irascible as Maryland's, is distressing.

  • JR on May 06, 2013 4:31 PM:

    In all my many years, no one has ever made me more ashamed to be a Democrat than Terry McAuliffe.

  • exlibra on May 06, 2013 11:13 PM:

    Chait ain't the only one unhappy with McAuliffe; I may have to use a clothespin to pinch my nose, so as to have a hand free to do the necessary screen-touching to vote for the sleazeball. And I'm only gonna do it because the rule of the Cooch is not to be contemplated. If it were anyone else -- even Bolling -- I'd have just gone for the "undervote" on that particular spot (I have no strong feelings about the Lt Guv and the Att Gen; will vote for whoever gets the nomination, no problem)