Political Animal


May 08, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Once one has masticated the SC-1 results as thoroughly as possible, not a lot of hard political news to serve up today, unless you’re willing to turn on CSPAN and watch Benghazi! hearings, which I’m not. Here are a few microwavable snacks, hopefully not freezer-burned:

* Fine Amanda Marcotte headline: “Mark Sanford Wins. Time to Start Ignoring Him Again.”

* Sean Trende plausibly argues only real meaning of Sanford win is that Democratic wave in 2014 less likely than ever.

* At Plum Line, Jamelle Bouie looks at declining budget deficit numbers and wonders if we’re allowed to talk about unemployment now.

* Feds release data on wildly varying hospital prices for medical procedures. There are a million provisos for this data, but it’s still important and disturbing.

* Change of pace: Christian Right blogger David Brody notes impact of progressive Christians in MA Senate race.

And in non-political news:

* Fascinating piece at Slate by Aisha Harris on how African-American “heroes” like Charles Ramsey morphed into racial stereotypes via viral videos.

Back within the next 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.


  • howie on May 08, 2013 2:57 PM:

    Trende says the results don't say much, then goes on to tell us that the results any a lot. The results simply mean that Republicans can now probably "be caught with a dead girl or a live boy" as they used to say and still win. Dems still can as well, but it's less likely.

    They have probably now gerrymandered the country to the point that the Dems can't even gain one seat with a landslide of biblical proportion.

    In other words, the Dems could get their wave in fact and gain zip. The only consolation is that the current philosophy of the GOP doesn't lead them to reestablish dominance, either.

  • Peter C on May 08, 2013 3:05 PM:

    The 2014 elections will be difficult, but I’m not sure Sanford’s special election says much about 2014. If we are clever, the election will be framed as a ‘national’ election about removing Republican obstruction. This can be accomplished by flipping only about 17 seats. I wouldn’t have thought that SC-1 (R +11) would ever have been a target based upon its demographics. And, while Sanford is a fairly partisan politician, we has not been a part of the Republican obstruction in the current Congress, … yet.