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November 2013 Archives

November 30, 2013 3:39 PM The end of pork rind conservatism?

Last week, Michelle Goldberg wrote a smart and provocative blog post that didn't get anywhere near the attention it deserved. In it, she argues that conservatives may be giving up...

By Kathleen Geier

November 30, 2013 1:22 PM Most hilariously tortured and euphemistic New York Times sentence of the day, race & IQ edition

"Mr. Johnson is no scientist, but he has stepped into the kind of debate over the relationship of I.Q. to race and poverty that has tripped up many others before...

By Kathleen Geier

November 30, 2013 10:25 AM The immediate outlook on the HealthCare.gov site? Murky at best. But long-term prospects for the ACA are sound.

Will the Obama administration meet its deadline -- which, for those of you keeping score, is midnight tonight -- for making significant improvements in the HealthCare.gov website? Well, how you...

By Kathleen Geier

November 30, 2013 9:23 AM Morning music: the Velvet Underground

Last time I blogged here -- which wasn't that long ago, but seems like a thousand years -- I memorialized Lou Reed. Since then, I've been making my way through...

By Kathleen Geier

November 29, 2013 5:57 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Sorry for the afternoon dearth of posts, but medical consultations required my attention and it's an official Lite Blogging Day in any event. Here are some remains of the day:...

By Ed Kilgore

November 29, 2013 4:59 PM The Consequences of an Empty Policy Shelf

At the Plum Line today, Jonathan Bernstein makes a very good point about the inability of Republicans and Democrats to patch together each party's most popular proposals into a log...

By Ed Kilgore

November 29, 2013 12:56 PM Lunch Buffet

I have some family medical logistical issues to handle during the next couple of hours, so I'm going ahead with a Lunch Buffet for this Lite Blogging Day. It's an...

By Ed Kilgore

November 29, 2013 12:20 PM "Waves" and Exposure

On Wednesday at WaPo came one of those headlines that can subtly affect your perception of events even if you don't read or think about the underlying article: "Is Another...

By Ed Kilgore

November 29, 2013 11:49 AM Remembering the Irresistible Force of Rudy '08

So there is a new poll out today from CNN/ORC that is sure to blow some more hot air into the early trial balloons of Chris Christie: A new national...

By Ed Kilgore

November 29, 2013 10:35 AM Black Friday Indeed

I have never, ever, ever had a single impulse to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, which probably makes me one of those elitist coastal snobs out of touch...

By Ed Kilgore

November 29, 2013 8:30 AM Daylight Video

On this day twelve years ago, George Harrison died at the age of 58. Here he is with Eric Clapton in Japan, performing a song he wrote that appeared on...

By Ed Kilgore

November 28, 2013 4:16 PM Thanksgiving Day's End

Well, it's time to wrap up Ultra Lite Blogging and attend to some family fellowship. I hope everyone's had a good Turkey Day and taken the time to offer up...

By Ed Kilgore

November 28, 2013 3:52 PM Holiday Shift At Politico

I think a lot on holidays like today about the people who have to work, including the hospital staff here at St. Joseph's. Some are young folk far from family,...

By Ed Kilgore

November 28, 2013 11:08 AM Holiday Buffet

There's not a whole lot of political news out there today (or at least not much we haven't already addressed here at PA), but here are some odds and ends...

By Ed Kilgore

November 28, 2013 9:34 AM Holiday Open Thread

From E.J. Dionne's Thanksgiving column at WaPo: If faith without works is dead, gratitude without generosity of spirit is empty. By reminding us of how much we owe to others,...

By Ed Kilgore

November 28, 2013 8:39 AM Daylight Video

Happy Thanksgiving Day. As is my tradition, here's Fairport Convention performing "Now Be Thankful" in 1970....

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 5:44 PM Day's End and Holiday Watch

Don't know how many of you have already begun your Thanksgiving Holiday (and special thanks to those who will still be working Thursday, making it possible for the rest of...

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 4:40 PM War Weary

Today Greg Sargent reports the initial public opinion research on the "first step" agreement with Iran: In a new Reuters poll, Americans back the proposed Iranian nuclear deal by 2-to-1...

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 3:50 PM "Dems In Disarray," Senate '14 Edition

We might as well get used to this sort of headline: "The Hotline's Senate Race Ratings: Democrats On Defense." Now such headlines promote the ever-popular "Democrats in Disarray" meme, at...

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 2:15 PM Working With the System

Yesterday the "personal genomics" company 23andMe got a letter from the FDA ordering them to immediately discontinue marketing their genetic screening service until they get authorization from the agency. Some...

By Ryan Cooper

November 27, 2013 1:29 PM Lunch Buffet

After a brief break, I'm about to plunge back into family medical issues. So you'll probably see few posts from me for a while. Here are some midday news/views snacks...

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 1:04 PM Obamacare McCarthyism

I should have probably noted this earlier since I'm in Georgia, though the underlying facts are so confusing and the atmosphere so regularly overheated that it was hard to determine...

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 12:34 PM Finally: A Move To Reign In Phony "Social Welfare" Groups

When hearing yesterday that the Treasury Department and the IRS had promulgated proposed new rules governing campaign activities by 501(c)(4) "social welfare" organizations, I decided to wait until someone familiar...

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 11:36 AM The Braves-To-the-Suburbs Game Under Protest

Commenter MuddyLee, my valued musical consultant, asked this morning for an update on the big local story here in Georgia, which does have potential national resonance: the publicly-financed move of...

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 10:35 AM Sorting Out the Issues Raised by the Hobby Lobby Litigation

In understanding the "religious liberty" cases the Supreme Court took on yesterday (probably inviting oral arguments in March), it's important to sort out three different issues: (1) whether the religious...

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 9:41 AM The Blue Slip Loophole To Filibuster Reform

Even as pundits sigh for the grand old days of the Senate as the venue of Wise Old (White) Men who understood their role as the saucer that cooled the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 27, 2013 8:49 AM Daylight Video

On this day in 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born. Yeah, that's right, Jimi would be 71 today had he lived on. I guess the only appropriate song to mark his...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 6:05 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Some ups and downs this afternoon at St. Joseph's; lots of consultations with the docs. Sorry for the brief lapse in posts. Here are some remains of the day: *...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 5:53 PM Put Away the Chamberlain Umbrellas

Bad historical analogies for current events are the stock and trade of lazy writers and ax-grinders, and all the more pestiferous in a media environment in which any historical knowledge...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 3:34 PM Will Lara Logan Learn a Lesson On Her Leave of Absence?

It took a while, but CBS has concluded an internal investigation of the 60 Minutes Benghazi! story, and reporter Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan are taking a "leave of...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 2:50 PM The Dubious Value of Dragnet Surveillance

Ron Wyden, Mark Udall, and Martin Heinrich, senators from Oregon, Colorado, and New Mexico respectively, have a strong editorial in the Times calling for an end to the NSA's dragnet...

By Ryan Cooper

November 26, 2013 2:24 PM Lunch Buffet

So after ten days with a family member in intensive care, the hospital gives you a parking pass. It's nice of them, but makes you wonder who decided on ten...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 1:18 PM Supremes To Weigh In On Businesses That Pray Or Prey

So unsurprisingly, since lower courts have split, the Supreme Court has indeed decided to hear two cases involving the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate and its impact on for-profit...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 12:53 PM The Long Struggle Between Insurers and Providers

As Jonathan Cohn notes today at TNR, the next big conservative campaign to rile up Americans about the Affordable Care Act involves those who find they cannot "keep their own...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 10:30 AM Ain't No Such Thing As Too Far to the Right

One good thing about being back home in Georgia for a bit is that I can follow more closely the conservative petri dish that is the 2014 GOP Senate primary...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 9:58 AM How To Un-Freakout

As one of those folk who look at WaPo's Wonkblog pretty early every morning, I had hoped to see this sort of lede from Ezra Klein soon, but am happy...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 9:19 AM Big Day For Hobby Lobby

As noted here recently, there's quite a logjam of cases involving challenges to the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate, all of them seeking to expand the "conscience" exemptions provided...

By Ed Kilgore

November 26, 2013 8:39 AM Daylight Video

Let's start the day with some Chicago blues: here's Hound Dog Taylor and Little Walter performing "Wild About You Baby."...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 6:20 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Another day of very gradual improvement for my father, so I'm hopeful we'll get some better long-term news soon. Thanks once again for the prayers and best wishes. Here are...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 5:53 PM A Second Interesting Argument From Scott Walker

Yesterday I wrote about Scott Walker's strange Wall Street Journal op-ed arguing that rigorous ideological conservatism offered the best way for Republicans to reach out to Obama voters. Turns out...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 5:24 PM The Future Politics of the Medicaid Expansion

Greg Sargent spends some time today examining the apparent Republican confusion (or at least the confusion of Mitch McConnell) over the Medicaid expansion element of the ACA, which has not...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 5:00 PM What If There Simply Aren't More Antibiotics to be Discovered?

Antibiotic resistance, like climate change, is one of those issues that has been blinking red on the world's dashboard for decades. Everyone agrees it's potentially disastrous—in fact, has already reached...

By Ryan Cooper

November 25, 2013 4:07 PM Update on the GOP Retreat From Common Core

At the conservative site The Federalist, Joy Pullmann has an interesting update on Republican attitudes towards the implementation of the Common Core Standards initiative from the point of view of...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 3:19 PM A Successful Obamacare is the Best and Perhaps Only Route to Single Payer

Addressing the growing "silver lining" sentiment of some on the Left that Obamacare's troubles might regenerate support for a single payer system, TAP's Paul Waldman issues a warning that is...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 2:09 PM Lunch Buffet

I'm still in Atlanta at St. Joseph's Hospital (my father is still in critical condition, but is showing some improvement) and finally took action to blog on something other than...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 12:52 PM Bibi's Ailment

In case you are wondering if Bibi Netanyahu's fit-pitching over the Iran nuclear program agreement is a typical or even universal reaction based on Israel's interests and perspectives, you should...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 12:25 PM No, the World Didn't End

I'm a bit amused at some of the articles dribbling out of Washington at present that find various silver linings for the demise of the filibuster against executive-branch and lower-court-judicial...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 10:37 AM Iowa GOP Feud Goes National

I've written periodically for over a year now about the endless furor surrounding Iowa Republican Party chairman A.J. Spiker and its complex intersection with presidential politics. But the story hasn't...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 9:22 AM The Deal With Iran

I'd say Fred Kaplan of Slate pretty much summed up the reaction to the Iranian nuclear "first step" deal in non-ideological circles: Without going into a lot of technical detail...

By Ed Kilgore

November 25, 2013 8:12 AM Daylight Video

Being away from California means I get to enjoy regular bad weather like everybody else. Here's Muddy Waters with "Cold Weather Blues."...

By Ed Kilgore

November 24, 2013 8:40 PM Essay on Being Poor Goes Viral

This initially obscure blog post went completely viral, especially after it was picked up by the Huffington Post. It's written by a woman who claims to be poor. She has...

By Martin Longman

November 24, 2013 3:29 PM Odds & Ends

It's going to be an exciting couple of months for comet-watchers. Comet ISON is approaching the sun and, if it survives, it may create quite a show as it boomerangs...

By Martin Longman

November 24, 2013 11:48 AM This Is Why We Fight

I don't care that Mary Stamper "chose" to have 11 kids even though she doesn't have a steady job with health benefits, or that Gary Gross has no job, smokes,...

By Martin Longman

November 24, 2013 10:48 AM The New Obstruction

One way the Republicans can still obstruct nominations is to focus on hearings in committee. They can refuse to grant unanimous consent for committees to hold hearings in the first...

By Martin Longman

November 24, 2013 9:11 AM Sidelining the Warmongers

Any agreement with Iran was going to have to allow the Iranian government to argue that they'd gotten a good deal. Likewise, any agreement was going to be opposed by...

By Martin Longman

November 23, 2013 10:20 PM Deal With Iran

Some kind of deal has been reached with Iran concerning their efforts to enrich uranium and otherwise pursue projects that could lead them to achieve a nuclear weapons capability. The...

By Martin Longman

November 23, 2013 5:22 PM High On Their Own Supply

Jonathan Strong, writing at National Review Online, explains that the Republicans are wary of doing anything that might distract people from their campaign against the Affordable Care Act. Therefore, Mitch...

By Martin Longman

November 23, 2013 1:02 PM The New Breed

While it's true that there is a new breed of Democrat in the U.S. Senate, and that the senators who have been elected post-Iraq fiasco are infused with quite a...

By Martin Longman

November 23, 2013 10:19 AM What Will It Mean?

The elimination of the filibuster for administrative and judicial nominees (not including those to the Supreme Court) will have short and long-term consequences. One of the easier things to predict...

By Martin Longman

November 23, 2013 7:30 AM Why the Filibuster Had to Go

In the lead-up to Harry Reid's decision to invoke the "nuclear option," some Republican senators like Richard Burr of North Carolina and Chuck Grassley of Iowa made remarks that could...

By Martin Longman

November 22, 2013 5:30 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

I continue to appreciate the indulgence of PA readers and the timely help of Ryan Cooper and Paul Glastris during this difficult period when I'm juggling blog responsibilities with a...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 5:06 PM Worse Than a Slap in the Face

There's a long-running joke among progressive writers on a list-serve I subscribe to, whereby every time Obama does something offensive to our collective sensitivities we say it's a slap in...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 4:54 PM Republicans and Health Insurance Exchanges

Ezra Klein reminds us today in a more comprehensive way than we've seen so far that the Republican caterwauling about complex government-run private insurance exchanges and the disruption of existing...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 4:35 PM False Equivalency and Crocodile Tears

I'm delighted to see that amongst the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the "nuclear option's" invocation, there's some robust calling-out of bad analysis and crocodile tears. WaPo was Ground...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 3:00 PM "We Interrupt This Program...."

I posted my juvenile memories of the Kennedy assassination earlier this week. But something I probably didn't convey is the very different way breaking news was communicated back then, via...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 2:38 PM Turning the Median Voter Theorem Upside Down

One of the hoariest of assumptions Americans tend to have about political behavior is the so-called "Median Voter Theorem," which holds that political parties and candidates tend to hew to...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 2:04 PM Lunch Buffet

It's a day of complicated logistics, but I should be back on task for the afternoon. Here are some midday news/views treats, southern deep fried: * Legal challenges emerging to...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 11:53 AM The 2014 Obamacare Enrollment Delay

Republicans are already screaming bloody murder about the reported plans of the Obama administration to delay the beginning of the second open enrollment period for accessing insurance through the federally-run...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 11:15 AM With the Filibuster Gone, Time for a Confirmation-palooza!

The only regret I had about the filibuster going down yesterday is that it didn't happen in 2009, when it really could have done some good. Better late than never...

By Ryan Cooper

November 22, 2013 10:35 AM The Pure Meanness Litmus Test

Partly as a byproduct of conservative optimism about rolling back Obamacare and partly in conjunction with the Republican Governors Association meeting going on in Phoenix, there's a lot of buzz...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 9:34 AM When It All Went South

I kinda got ahead of today's lamentations about the Passing of the Senate As We Knew It with a post of anticipatory contempt yesterday. So I'll just draw attention to...

By Ed Kilgore

November 22, 2013 8:02 AM Daylight Video

On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, here are The Byrds at Monterey Pop performing "He Was a Friend of Mine," with some preliminary conspiracy theory commentary from David...

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 6:15 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Nearly supper-time at the hospital cafeteria! Yum! Here are some remains of this nuclear day: * When they aren't whining about what they'll do to retaliate for their lost filibuster...

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 5:03 PM False Idols of the Senate

As predicted, prophecies of "buyer's remorse" over Senate Democrats' invocation of the "nuclear option" are flying around promiscuously, as though it did not occur to Harry Reid and company that...

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 3:21 PM No Buyer's Remorse Here on the Filibuster

Senate Republicans apparently thought their threat to escalate the fight over the filibuster to include Supreme Court Justices once they were in a position to do so would be enough...

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 2:24 PM Lunch Buffet

Won't bug you with details, but some positive things are happening here in the critical care unit, in fits and starts. Here are some midday news and views items for...

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 1:36 PM Mushroom Cloud

In the best news I've heard in weeks, Harry Reid invoked the "nuclear option" in the Senate today, and secured 52 Democratic votes to require only a majority to confirm...

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 1:05 PM Anectdotageddon

There's an extensive story from the New York Times' Weisman and Stolberg today about the aggressive use of anecdotes by House Republicans to feed media and public perceptions of Obamacare's...

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 12:34 PM Eye of the Beholder

I briefly mentioned yesterday that Sen. Marco Rubio had made what was being billed as a "big foreign policy speech" at AEI, and wanted to return to the subject dozy....

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 10:52 AM Shooting the Wounded

In a piece at WaPo's The Fix blog, Juliet Eilperin and Scott Wilson write with some sympathy about the president's multifaceted challenges right now, which include heading off congressional preemption...

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 10:18 AM Nuke 'Em, Harry!

After a couple of days of threats, there are growing signs that Harry Reid may well have the votes to "go nuclear" on judicial confirmation filibusters, perhaps as early as...

By Ed Kilgore

November 21, 2013 8:34 AM First Look: Amazon's "Alpha House"

Earlier this week I attended a screening of the first three episodes of Alpha House, the new Amazon Prime comedy starring John Goodman about four GOP senators who share...

By Paul Glastris

November 21, 2013 7:54 AM Daylight Video

Seventy-nine years ago today, a nervous teenaged orphan named Ella Fitzgerald performed at Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, deciding at the last minute to sing rather than dance. It...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 5:33 PM Day's End and Night Watch

This time of day hospitals can be deceptively quiet, but you know there's an enormous amount of human drama going on in room after room, including the waiting rooms. I'm...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 5:12 PM The Judicial Storm Signals Over Abortion

As noted a couple of times earlier here, the Supreme Court sent up alarming (if you are pro-choice) but not very clear signals yesterday in refusing to overturn a Court...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 4:59 PM Irrational Exuberance Over Obamacare's Problems

In these days of hyper-polarization, some readers may wonder why I always treat with great respect the findings and analysis of conservative number-cruncher Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics. I don't always...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 4:30 PM Mark Your Calendars

As you may recall, the "deal" that ended the government shutdown last month extended federal appropriations until mid-January, and the debt limit until February 8. Democrats also managed to bat...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 4:17 PM Cruz-ing For a Bruising?

Today's piece of peculiar polling comes from Quinnipiac, which surveyed Colorado and discovered the state feeling especially reddish. Most startlingly, the poll had Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz tied in...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

It's a day of preparation for a major procedure for my father here at St. Joseph's Hospital, and I'm hopeful it will be very helpful. Thanks so much to those...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 1:25 PM Cui Bono?

Rolling out additional data from a new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll, Ron Brownstein gets to the question at the very heart of the dispute over the Affordable Care...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 11:44 AM The "Cooperating" Health Care Anarchists

If you want a clear indication that the administration's "fix" of the cancellations of individual insurance policies is damaging (though less than the Upton and Landrieu legislative alternatives) to the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 10:53 AM Split Double-Header

Yesterday was the equivalent of a split double-header for reproductive rights. The Supreme Court somewhat mysteriously refused to overturn a Court of Appeals order allowing Texas' new draconian abortion law...

By Ed Kilgore

November 20, 2013 10:02 AM Obamacare Might Have Prevented the Stabbing of Creigh Deeds

New details are coming out about the stabbing of Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds by his son, Austin Deeds, who then shot himself to death. My first reaction was, like...

By Ryan Cooper

November 20, 2013 9:21 AM The Free Money Solution

Since the financial crisis, Democrats have become understandably more interested in monetary policy. It used to be that Fed Chairs (remember Alan Greenspan) were everything short of outright worshiped,...

By Ryan Cooper

November 20, 2013 8:32 AM Daylight Video

Fifty-eight years ago tonight, Ed Sullivan introduced a musical artist for what he expected would be a cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons." Instead he got: "Bo Diddley."...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 6:59 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I know this is a very late sign-off, but the doctor's schedule trumps mine right now. Here are some remains of the day: * Nate Silver announces his new editorial...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 4:54 PM More Dubious Stuff About GOP Salvation From State Capitals

One of the longest-running memes in American politics is the idea that "moderate" or "problem-solving" Republican governors are going to save the GOP from its wacko birds in Washington. It's...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 4:23 PM More Georgia GOP Follies

The CW among Republicans down here in GA is that whoever they nominate will win Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat next year, even against the strongest candidate Democrats could have reasonably...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 3:23 PM Legitimate and Illegitimate Concerns About Common Core Standards

So Secretary of Education Arne Duncan got himself into hot water by casually suggesting that part of the reason for resistance to the implementation of the long-awaited and gubernatorially-endorsed Common...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 2:45 PM No Boost in Support For Repealing Obamacare

In more "no game change" news, Ron Brownstein reports today that a new and very detailed United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows little change in basic attitudes towards Obamacare...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 2:13 PM Lunch Buffet

Another hour, another confusing set of conversations with hospital personnel. Greatest health care system in the world, I have been told. At any rate, here are some midday news/views items...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 12:43 PM Come To Iowa So We Can Squash You, Chris!

Today's ha-larious political news story comes from Iowa, where the perennial effort to keep the Caucuses highly relevant come 2016 is underway. With a fun combination of flattery and threats,...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 11:29 AM Memories of an Assassination

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy--for people of my particular sub-generation, the quintessential early traumatic national experience. If I remember correctly, my elementary...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 9:53 AM The Bones of Politics

Every once in awhile something new comes along that shakes my understanding of the underlying realities of politics. The latest is Colin Woodard's stuff on the Virginia election. The conventional...

By Ryan Cooper

November 19, 2013 9:43 AM The Desire For a Game Change

There's another brouhaha this morning over another bad poll for Barack Obama, this one coming from ABC-WaPo. Both conservatives and the MSM are trying very hard to make this all...

By Ed Kilgore

November 19, 2013 7:01 AM Daylight Video

It's the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Here's the Americus Brass Band performing "Battle Cry of Freedom" and "Kingdom Come" on civil war instruments. I'm still on hospital duty...

By Ed Kilgore

November 18, 2013 5:44 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Sorry for an uneven day of blogging here at PA, but aside from my family medical issues, it was another Monday with more shouting than news. I'm proud that even...

By Ed Kilgore

November 18, 2013 5:15 PM The Irrepressible Battle Over SNAP

Lest we forget, beneath the furor over Obamacare is an equally ferocious and in some respects equally momentous battle over the existing social safety net, in the form of funding...

By Ed Kilgore

November 18, 2013 3:50 PM Forty-Three Days Until a Real Game Change

I and many others have noted that once elements of the Affordable Care Act become effective (mostly on January 1), the GOP's "you can keep your insurance" rap becomes more...

By Ed Kilgore

November 18, 2013 2:41 PM Elites Love Innovation, but Austerity Is an Innovation Killer

If there's one thing centrist elites love, it's innovation, and Bill Keller is no exception. His latest column is all about it: how it's great, and how to get more...

By Ryan Cooper

November 18, 2013 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

Thanks to Ryan for some respite posts. I'm at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, where my father is going through multiple medical issues. If you are the praying kind, spare...

By Ed Kilgore

November 18, 2013 11:42 AM Half a Mind To Build the Damn Thing

Certain pols should probably avoid certain turns of phrase. That is definitely the case with George W. Bush's comments about the Keystone XL pipeline in an address to oil and...

By Ed Kilgore

November 18, 2013 11:30 AM Bingo

It's to be expected that three Democratic governors where the Affordable Care Act is being implemented with greater success than the federal government has experienced are coming to the president's...

By Ed Kilgore

November 18, 2013 9:33 AM Hey Eric Cantor, I Got Yer Agenda Right Here

Hilarious piece from Politico: Last Thursday, a group of House Republicans filed into Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Capitol office suite and received a blank piece of paper labeled “Agenda 2014.”...

By Ryan Cooper

November 18, 2013 9:00 AM American Nations and the Political Evolution of the Far West

Over the past couple of weeks, frequent Washington Monthly contributor Colin Woodard's book American Nations has blown up in the media. Most recently, he appeared on Chuck Todd's show: This...

By Ryan Cooper

November 18, 2013 8:53 AM Obamacare Not "Catastrophic"

In the spin wars over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it was just a matter of time before the the law's opponents countered the precedent of the slow...

By Ed Kilgore

November 18, 2013 8:08 AM Daylight Video

Since I just got off a red-eye flight to Atlanta (because of a family medical emergency which will probably necessitate some substitute blogging today from Ryan Cooper), I suppose a...

By Ed Kilgore

November 17, 2013 5:17 PM Bernie 2016! (Sunday Evening Grab Bag/Final Thoughts of the Weekend)

*Unlike Elizabeth Warren, who said she isn't running for President in 2016 despite the recent tsunami of ink practically begging for her to do so, Bernie Sanders hasn't ruled out...

By Samuel Knight

November 17, 2013 3:41 PM La. Election shows Obamacare causing Tea Party maladies

For all the chatter about healthcare reforming rocking Democrats, a special election in the deep south last night indicates that the Tea Party is DC's sick man. Vance McAllister, an...

By Samuel Knight

November 17, 2013 2:01 PM Bigger Picture Healthcare.gov Problems and Causes

This website business is no small potatoes. As I alluded to in the previous post, problems with Healthcare.gov have serious implications. They make ACA-mandated program cancellations and the general transition...

By Samuel Knight

November 17, 2013 12:59 PM Ayotte on Meet The Press: Do No Harm. Do Nothing for the Uninsured.

Kelly Ayotte was on Meet the Press this morning, demonstrating that, despite the ACA roll-out debacle, Republicans still have nothing to offer uninsured Americans. Discussing health insurance plan cancellations, Ayotte...

By Samuel Knight

November 17, 2013 10:54 AM U.S. military steps up typhoon aid in Philippines -- Sunday A.M. Roundup

*The U.S. and Britain are dispatching military units to the Philippines to assist in aid efforts after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the country. Via CNN: "Right now, the U.S. military capability...

By Samuel Knight

November 16, 2013 7:01 PM Saturday Evening Roundup

*Well it didn't take very long for Dealbook to find a connection between Tim Geithner's future employer and TARP: Warburg Pincus has also taken stakes in banks aided by taxpayer...

By Samuel Knight

November 16, 2013 6:07 PM "Shellacking" Unlikely to be Replicated in 2014

In the run-up to the 2010 mid-term Tea Party “shellacking”, Republicans artfully exploited vague fears about the national debt and the role of government in healthcare, and received outsized influence...

By Samuel Knight

November 16, 2013 4:24 PM Hurt Feelings and ACA False Equivalencies

The myth about Washington being more divided than ever (a notion, for example, that legislators in 1860 might disagree with) is particularly frustrating to anyone to the left of Jon...

By Samuel Knight

November 16, 2013 12:57 PM A Spectre Is Haunting The DNC

It's official. Voters in Seattle have approved of a ballot measure that will haunt the city for the next four years. Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant cemented her spot on...

By Samuel Knight

November 16, 2013 11:08 AM Capital, Labor unite behind "reinsurance tax" repeal in ACA tweak-a-thon -- Saturday A.M. Roundup

*Amid legislative efforts to tweak the Affordable Care Act, business lobbyists and unions are uniting to push for a bill that would repeal the $63 reinsurance tax--a two-year levy on...

By Samuel Knight

November 15, 2013 5:51 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Let's put this week out of its misery. I hope to be in front of the tube watching Georgia and Auburn play football tomorrow afternoon, and if I hear the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 4:45 PM Of Free Votes and Democratic "Revolts"

So House Republicans predictably voted en masse for the Upton bill "fixing" Obamacare by completely reopening the pre-ACA individual health insurance market. The bigger news, which we'll hear about all...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 4:04 PM Re The Collapse in Obama's Approval Ratings

After reading Jonathan Bernstein's essay on the massive over-reaction to the president's sag in approval ratings--some of it based, no doubt, on media cherry-picking of whichever polls had the lowest...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 3:20 PM More Catholic Than the Pope

Sarah Palin may have shrunk from criticism of Pope Francis' utterances as sounding "kind of liberal." But her superannuated mentor, Pat Buchanan, is having none of it, per his Townhall...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

A heavy week of non-PA work is finally coming to an end, so I plan to go heavily apolitical tonight, at the risk of missing a few articles about how...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 1:34 PM The Less Insurance the Better

One useful thing about the latest Obamacare furor is that it's helping bring conservative "health reform" ideas into better focus. Every time a conservative thinker or gabber rages about the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 1:07 PM Like the Plague

I generally try to read everything credible-looking about the new Halperin-Heilemann campaign book Double Down so that I will feel no compunction to read the book itself. Walter Shapiro's ruminations...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 11:53 AM Don't Wanna Hear It From You of All People

Some people are entitled to complain that President Obama culpably misled them about the effect of the Affordable Care Act on existing individual health insurance policies. This man is not...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 10:51 AM A Year Is Forever in Politics

I noted this briefly yesterday at Lunch Buffet, but it's interesting, if not particularly surprising, that the zeitgeist which held a couple of weeks ago that the damage done to...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 9:38 AM The Shock Absorbers

Yesterday I (and others) described the president's proposed "fix" for those misled by his "you can keep your insurance" line as about the least damaging to the overall Obamacare project...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 9:07 AM That Was the Week That Was

In his National Journal column today, Ron Brownstein summed up the developments of this week in politics, and their potential implications, about as well as anyone could ask: This resurgence...

By Ed Kilgore

November 15, 2013 8:42 AM Daylight Video

Let's stay with yesterday's nautical theme, with a song that could just as easily be retitled "Implementing the Affordable Care Act of 2010." It's Procol Harum with "A Salty Dog,"...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 5:21 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Okay, I'll try to get with the zeitgeist, and look forward to yet another day tomorrow of wild spin, real and fake threats from insurance companies, and general hysteria over...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 4:52 PM Big Money

The Center for Public Integrity reports the Koch Brothers' favorite political charity really kicked out the jams last year: Americans for Prosperity — the main political arm of billionaire industrialist...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 3:54 PM An Abortion "Supply-Side" Counterattack

At TNR Nora Caplan-Bricker has an illuminating report on a piece of bicameral Democratic legislation aimed at preempting state abortion restrictions that effectively erode the right to choose: The Women’s...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 3:04 PM More Holes in 6o Minutes Benghazi! Story Open Up

It was generally assumed that once CBS "rising star" reporter Lara Logan briefly apologized for her October 27 Benghazi! report for 60 Minutes that spurred Lindsey Graham to take all...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

It's sure been Obamacare Morning, as I feared. Let's hope the skies brighten a bit this afternoon. Here are some midday noshes to fill your plate: * Insurers quickly warn...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 1:13 PM Obama's Crow-Eating Presser

After watching a long and very painful presidential press conference, with long ruminations by the president on the Affordable Care Act's problems interrupted by a couple of non-health-care questions and...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 12:02 PM Obama Heads For Middle Ground on Obamacare "Fix"

Well, I was waiting until the President's scheduled 11:35 EST presser to write about this, but apparently it's running late. So let's go with Janet Hook's description of his proposal...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 11:20 AM The Upton Bill In a Nutshell

Since there's been a lot of confusion about the impact of Fred Upton's bill (due for a House vote tomorrow) to let insurers sell non-ACA-compliant individual policies under the rationale...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 10:46 AM About Those Unverified Obamacare Premium Payments

The mini-brouhaha within the broader uproar over Obamacare in Washington today is that Republicans are complaining the new enrollment figures announced by HHS yesterday include people whose first premium payments...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 10:36 AM Golden (State) Lining

There are many times where politics here in my adopted state of California defy national patterns (e.g., the solid showing of Democrats in 2010). This is one of those moments,...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 9:49 AM Enjoying Themselves A Bit Too Much

Boy howdy, are Republicans having them some fun right now! And why not? Less than a month ago they were being ridiculed from sea to shining sea as incompetent thugs...

By Ed Kilgore

November 14, 2013 8:49 AM Daylight Video

One hundred sixty-two years ago today, Herman Melville's Moby Dick was published. Here's Steve Goodman singing "Moby Book."...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 5:44 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I end this day praying, as I often do, for more real news and less hysteria. Hope springs eternal. Here are the remains of this less-than-sane day: * It appears...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 5:16 PM OMG! Obamacare Lite!

The most amusing missive of the day, as is often the case, is from RedState's Erick Erickson, who is encouraging his troops to oppose the Upton "Keep Your Insurance" Bill...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 5:03 PM Owning It

As I've noted here on occasion, the problems that implementation of the Affordable Care Act has encountered have generated a sort of grim satisfaction among some progressive observers. And it's...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 4:45 PM Taking the Right Seriously

A lot of readers here are probably familiar with Rick Perlstein, author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, and of Nixonland: the Rise...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 3:41 PM Sorting Out Types of Insurance Cancellation Panic

Well, there's no getting around it: the political environment surrounding implementation of the Affordable Care Act is in danger of going totally toxic. The panic among people with non-group health...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

Lord-a-mercy, the caterwauling about Obamacare that jumped off the computer and smacked me in the face this morning nearly drove me back to bed. Instead, I've tried and will continue...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 1:10 PM The Final Righteous Word on Richard Cohen

You had to figure The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates would have the final righteous word on the furor over Richard Cohen's column yesterday, particularly now that the WaPo management and Cohen...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 12:35 PM Virginia and the "Falloff Factor"

Yesterday RealClearPolitics' Sean Trende, a conservative election analyst whose work I respect, offered his take on the argument that I (and others like Ruy Teixeira) had made that Terry McAuliffe's...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 11:48 AM Who Decides If You Can "Keep Your Insurance Plan"?

To read many media reports right now, you'd think the big dynamic was a trickle of Democrats signing onto Republican "Keep Your Insurance Plan" bills like the Upton legislation steaming...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 10:58 AM 48 Days For Republicans To Get Their Act Together, Too

Right now a lot of Democrats are casting panicky glances at the calendar, wondering if health.gov or some alternative or hybrid enrollment process can be made to work in time...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 10:11 AM What Should Democrats Have Promised About Obamacare?

With everyone pretty much agreeing that the president shouldn't have said people who liked their existing insurance policies could keep them under the Affordable Care Act, what should he have...

By Ed Kilgore

November 13, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

Yet another song from the previous night's dreamscape: Electric Light Orchestra's "Can't Get It Out Of My Head."...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 6:01 PM Day's End and Night Watch

It was one of those days with very little actual political news, but lots of brief frenzies and crosstalk amongst the chattering classes. I'll soon check the tube or the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 5:26 PM Could Single-Payer Provide 2016 Buzz?

In the midst of a meandering but reasonably interesting take on the whole invisible primary boom for Elizabeth Warren, conservative Ross Douthat says something worth remembering: [I]f I were tasked...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 5:08 PM "Take MARTA To Cobb and Rob"

In some more Georgia news--this time, via Charles Pierce, who spotted the story as part of his continuing coverage of things that are "not about race because nothing is ever...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 4:36 PM Repeal or Go Home In 2021

Conservatives have come a long way fast in their rhetoric on the Affordable Care Act. Back during the "Defund Obamacare!" crusade, the rap was that once Obamacare took effect, it...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 3:27 PM Palin's War On Xmas

Yeah, I know, a day with posts on a Richard Cohen column and Sarah Palin's War-On-Christmas book might seem lazy, but these people won't go away, so they have to...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 2:15 PM Lunch Buffet

Finished up a mammoth piece for the magazine last night, so bear with me if I'm foggy or a bit less prolific today. Here are some midday snacks fresh off...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 1:27 PM Lincoln and Robespierre

Today's most idiotic dispute, reflecting a long-standing idiotic dispute, arises via a self-proclaimed right-wing student site called The College Fix: A public university in President Abraham Lincoln’s home state of...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 1:03 PM Richard Cohen Discovers Iowa

As noted previously in this space, the WaPo columnist Richard Cohen can make you crazy even when you actually agree with his views. I learned that anew today upon reading...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 11:59 AM Is Medicaid Expansion Plan B For Obamacare?

Have to say, it never much occurred to me that the horrifically disappointing record of Republican-controlled states accepting or rejecting the Medicaid expansion element of the Affordable Care Act might...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 10:48 AM You Get What You Pay For

Jonathan Bernstein doesn't pitch fits in print very often, but he's picked a good subject for it: the kind of sloppy and potentially corrupt voting procedures and practices that we...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 9:58 AM The Single Savior Syndrome

As the idea of a Warren-Clinton presidential nomination fight going into 2016 bounces around the blogosphere and the chattering classes--sped along by Noam Scheiber's article at TNR suggesting that Warren...

By Ed Kilgore

November 12, 2013 8:49 AM Daylight Video

Another one of those "woke up with this song in my head" selections: Laura Nyro with "Save the Country."...

By Ed Kilgore

November 11, 2013 6:06 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I came very close to becoming a future veteran back in 1979, when I did everything but put on the uniform as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force JAG...

By Ed Kilgore

November 11, 2013 5:32 PM Reaching for the Word Salad Dressing....

Couldn't resist sharing, in case you missed it, this report from Sarah Palin's appearance on the Today show this morning by New York's Dan Amira: Sarah Palin is a well-known...

By Ed Kilgore

November 11, 2013 2:33 PM Rules of Engagement in the Struggle For the Soul of the Democratic Party

A post-Obama reconsideration of the positioning and policy agenda of the Democratic Party has long been inevitable, particularly insofar as defense of this president and his accomplishments against intense Republican...

By Ed Kilgore

November 11, 2013 1:56 PM Red Shoe on the Other Foot

I noted on Friday that Pope Francis' new tone and expression of Vatican priorities has had an emboldening effect on embattled liberal Catholics in the U.S. (and presumably elsewhere). But...

By Ed Kilgore

November 11, 2013 12:14 PM Lunch Buffet

This being a federal holiday, we're in Lite Blogging mode today, but here's a full serving of midday news/views snacks, plated a bit early: * At TAP Paul Waldman scorns...

By Ed Kilgore

November 11, 2013 11:47 AM For Those Who Enjoyed Florida 2000

In case you've missed it, the painful effort to finalize the vote count in the Virginia Attorney General's race so that it can be recounted in December drags on, with...

By Ed Kilgore

November 11, 2013 11:27 AM Perry Outflanked Again?

Poor old Rick Perry. Having carefully cultivated an image as a fire-breathing, red-meat-purveying conservative in the build-up to his run for the presidency in 2012, he quickly let himself get...

By Ed Kilgore

November 11, 2013 10:13 AM 60 Minutes, 90 Seconds

The 90-second "apology" aired on 60 Minutes last night for the shabby reporting and conflicts of interest associated with Lara Logan's Benghazi! report two weeks ago was, quite literally, the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 11, 2013 8:59 AM Daylight Video

Happy Veterans Day. Here's Emmylou Harris with "Bang the Drum Slowly," a song she wrote for her father....

By Ed Kilgore

November 10, 2013 3:16 PM Afternoon Linkapalooza

That's it for me, folks! As always, thanks for reading and commenting. Here are some reads until Ed comes back tomorrow. 1. You've got to read this staggeringly good two...

By Ryan Cooper

November 10, 2013 12:37 PM Ray Kelly and Effective Protest

The other day Ray Kelly was giving a talk at Brown, and was so persistently heckled and shouted at that he eventually gave up and walked out. This has inspired...

By Ryan Cooper

November 10, 2013 12:08 PM The Political Economy of Pipelines

Speaking of the Keystone XL fight, another underrated reason to prevent development of extremely dirty carbon deposits is to prevent the creation of yet another set of entrenched, wealthy interests...

By Ryan Cooper

November 10, 2013 9:21 AM Cut Bill McKibben Some Slack

Bill McKibben being arrested in front of the White House Ever since Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org) and his allies first coalesced around a strategy of trying to block the...

By Ryan Cooper

November 10, 2013 9:07 AM Morning Jams

Here's a track off the new Queens of the Stone Age:...

By Ryan Cooper

November 09, 2013 12:05 PM Our Super Typhoon Future?

Image credit: NOAA Andrew Freedman has a great writeup of the scientific discussion around climate change and the astonishingly powerful Typhoon Haiyan (coming on the heels of Cyclone Phailin, which...

By Ryan Cooper

November 09, 2013 11:32 AM How to Rescue Obamacare's Cancellation and Rate Shock Victims

President Johnson, flanked by Harry Truman, signs the bill creating Medicare The latest Republican wringing his hands extra-earnestly about how much he cares about his constituents' health insurance coverage is...

By Ryan Cooper

November 09, 2013 10:35 AM "I Can Hold the Hunger"

I wrote a piece for the Plum Line the other day lambasting Republicans for their vicious anti-poor agenda, but as many have since pointed out this is a bipartisan failure....

By Ryan Cooper

November 09, 2013 9:16 AM The Jobs Weapon

One of the most striking side effects of prolonged quasi-depression conditions is how desperate communities get for projects that will bring jobs. This isn't a new development—as Ed has often...

By Ryan Cooper

November 09, 2013 8:57 AM Morning Jams

Howdy folks! Have a Pogo Sesame Street remix:...

By Ryan Cooper

November 08, 2013 5:12 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

A reminder: Monday is Veterans Day, and thus PA will be on its federal holiday Lite Blogging schedule. Here are some remains from this non-Holiday. * National Journal's Lucia Graves...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 4:13 PM Supply Meets Demand on Benghazi!

As you may be aware, the recent Benghazi! story on 60 Minutes is unraveling so completely that the reporter who developed it is allowing as how she mistakenly relied on...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 3:28 PM Regions Matter in New Jersey, Too

In a follow-up to his item on Virginia and the regional split that was exposed by Tuesday's elections, Colin Woodward has now posted at Ten Miles Square a brief look...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 2:56 PM Obamacare, Mental Illness, and Guns

After years of delays, the Obama administration has released final regs aimed at implementing 2008 legislation requiring "parity" in insurance coverage of mental illness, as Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 1:38 PM Lunch Buffet

Against my better judgment, I did watch big chunks of last night's unusual college football schedule. I have a friend who is a big Baylor and Stanford fan (along with...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 1:03 PM The Francis Factor in Catholic Politics

Like pretty much everybody else in the world who would like to see the Catholic Church play a more constructive and above all humble role in politics and society, I've...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 12:40 PM Conservatives, Judges and the Golden Calf

At New York today, Jonathan Chait nicely sorts out why we may be about to have a "nuclear showdown" over judicial appointments. Basically, Republicans are upsetting an unspoken arrangement whereby...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 11:56 AM More on VA and the African-American Vote That Saved Terry McAuliffe

On Wednesday I did a little exit poll exercise that seemed to indicate that an unexpectedly high turnout among African-Americans was the key to Terry McAuliffe's victory. A fair number...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 10:31 AM Appalachia and Tidewater

Anyone familiar with the regional differences in Virginia wasn't terribly surprised to see Terry McAuliffe romping in NoVa and Hampton Roads on Tuesday night while Ken Cucinelli rolled up big...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 9:50 AM Iran Deal Imminent?

Here's the news about a likely deal between the six nations (know as P5+ 1: the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China) who have been negotiating with Iran over...

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 9:22 AM Jobs Report Exceeds Expectations, Too!

Okay, the headline here is the last time I use the "exceeded expectations" line to make fun of the post-election spin about Ken Cuccinelli's incredible victory in Virginia on Tuesday....

By Ed Kilgore

November 08, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

It's Friday and all, so let's do something festive. Here's Quicksilver Messenger Service performing "Mona" in 1969....

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 5:44 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I have a screaming WaMo article deadline, some major moonlighting work, and some time-consuming church-family obligations, too. So I pray I can avoid the temptation of watching the two big...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 4:45 PM The Stubborn Santy-Klaus-To-the-World Illusion

When I was growing up in Georgia, I often heard then-Senator Herman Talmadge rail against foreign aid, or, as he put it, "playing Santy-Klaus" to the world." This was one...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 3:23 PM George W. Bush and the Jews-For-Jesus

So didja think George W. Bush was gracefully drifting into a nonpartisan and noncontroversial retirement? Here we see how he's spending some of his time and political capital these days,...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 2:47 PM Time To Wear Black On Immigration Bill

When WaPo's Greg Sargent says immigration reform legislation is likely dead this year, it's time to wear black. The inveterate optimist on this subject quotes one of the handful of...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

* Good Jack Healy piece in New York Times on big defeat of statewide school tax initiative in Colorado. * Ezra Klein runs through Obamacare features aimed at minimizing risk...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 1:31 PM Running the Numbers on Obamacare and the Individual Insurance Markets

You have to give Byron York some credit. He's one of the few conservative writers who isn't just ignoring the impact of Obamacare's premium tax credits in affecting the "rate...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 12:58 PM Graham, Rubio and the Tea Party Intimidation Factor

In considering Will Marshall's argument that Tuesday's primaries show that Tea Party influence on the GOP is on the wane, I countered with the suggestion that intimidation of Republicans by...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 12:01 PM Third Quarter GDP Beats Expectations

Since we're in the midst of a week where many political pundits are acting as though performance against expectations is the measure of success, they should be jumping up and...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 11:20 AM Where Paul's Op-Eds Can Be Vetted

Okay, I'll go for the easy joke about Breitbart.com's announcement that Rand Paul has decided to make the fierce wingnut website his primary vehicle for opinionating. This wasn't entirely voluntary,...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 10:54 AM Blaming Conventions

Of all the questionable post-election interpretations coming out of the Virginia gubernatorial race, one that needs to be questioned a bit more is this one, made as part of a...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 9:50 AM When the Campaign Frenzy Ends

So as of yesterday, afternoon, anyway, Ken Cuccinelli had not made the obligatory phone call to concede to Terry McAuliffe and wish him well on his stewardship of the Commonwealth,...

By Ed Kilgore

November 07, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

It's Joni Mitchell's 70th birthday today, believe it or not. Here she is back in 1970 performing "Big Yellow Taxi."...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 5:44 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Meant to mention earlier: here in Monterey County there were competing ballot initiatives to develop (maybe with a horse track) or totally protect the old Ford Ord property. Both lost....

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 5:03 PM Alabama Shakes

At Ten Miles Square, my old buddy Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute offers his plenary take on what happened yesterday: he thinks it was pretty much a rout...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 4:36 PM The Murky Economic Picture

Much as I'd love to wallow in election analysis the rest of the week, there is, as Ezra Klein reminds us, some economic news coming that may be impossible to...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 3:12 PM Is NYC a "Populist" Indicator?

Among the things I didn't watch that closely last night because it was so predictable was Bill DeBlasio's big mayoral win in New York. It was the first Democratic mayoral...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 2:38 PM Sad News From Texas

I initially missed this in all the post-election talk, but my wife alerted me to it via National Review's Betsy Woodruff: threes some sad news from the Lone Star State...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Not seeing much in-depth analysis of yesterday's results just yet; mostly a lot of spin and some noble efforts to debunk the spin. Guess the wizards are still crunching numbers....

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 12:29 PM A Blow to the 51st State

Remember that secession movement in northern Colorado aimed at detaching eleven counties from the godless anti-gun and anti-fracking hippies in Denver? Well, it was put to a popular vote in...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 12:08 PM A Defeat For Obamacare?

Before we turn from Virginia to other election results, I just had to share this tweet from TNR's Alec MacGillis: Tell the 400,000 who may now become eligible for Medicaid...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 11:42 AM What Do the Exits Show About Off-Year Turnout?

An initial glance at the exit polls for Virginia and New Jersey shows some interesting variations in the demographic shape of the electorate. In New Jersey the 2013 electorate looked...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 10:33 AM Recount and No-Count

As you may have heard by now, the Virginia contest a lot of people were focusing on during the last week when it was assumed the top two contests had...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 9:11 AM Tell Me Again Who Won in Virginia?

Before we get into any more election analysis, I have to make a preliminary objection to what we are hearing this morning about the Virginia governor's race. Yes, we all...

By Ed Kilgore

November 06, 2013 8:33 AM Daylight Video

For no apparent reason, I suddenly started humming a song by the early rockabilly revival musicians Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen last night. So had to share, you...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 11:51 PM Byrne Beats Young, and Other Results

The votes rolled in pretty fast from AL-1, and Bradley Byrne beat Dean Young by a five-point margin, with the robust turnout generated by Young's wild rhetoric probably making the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 10:00 PM T-Mac Wins

WaPo hasn't called it yet, but Fox and now NBC have: Terry McAuliffe has beaten Ken Cuccinelli for the Virginia governorship, breaking a streak going back to 1973 wherein the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 9:08 PM Nine O'Clock Election Update

Cooch still leads the raw vote in Virginia, but outstanding vote in NoVa, where T-Mac is winning very heavily, virtually guarantees a comfortable Democratic win. Ralph Northam is definitely beating...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 8:49 PM The Evening Meme

With Chris Christie's predictable victory in New Jersey tonight, and with Ken Cuccinelli likely falling short by a reasonably small margin, the Evening Meme of the punditocracy is set: The...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 7:59 PM Early Virginia Returns

With polls closed for nearly an hour, we only have strong hints of the results from VA. The "early exit poll results," which are often at least misleading, showed McAuliffe...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 4:10 PM Election Day Hiatus

So as earlier indicated, I'm knocking off blogging until polls begin to close in the East and we have election results to discuss. Again, feel free to use the comment...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 3:52 PM Brawl in Boston

I have to admit I have not paid the least bit of attention to the mayoral race in Boston, in part because it's nonpartisan, and in part probably because it...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 3:36 PM Counter-Polarizing the Social Security Debate

The idea has been kicking around think tanks (notably the Economic Policy Institute) and the blogosphere (particularly Atrios, who's made this a personal crusade) for a while, but now is...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 1:54 PM Lunch Buffet

As suggested earlier, we'll have our usual Major Evening Event schedule here at PA, with an afternoon hiatus followed by some nighttime blogging. Here are some midday treats, mostly election-flavored,...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 1:04 PM Asymmetric Polarization in Action in the Old Dominion

In his frantic bid to save a struggling gubernatorial campaign in Virginia, Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli has two strategies: get the "conservative base" whipped up into a sufficient frenzy to...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 12:11 PM In Alabama GOP, It's Hard to Be Too Radical

As TNR's Alec MacGinnis noted yesterday, the special Republican primary runoff in the Mobile-area first congressional district of Alabama is today's entertaining sleeper race: The closest and most relevant election...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 11:15 AM Weaponizing the Health Care Status Quo Ante

This isn't a new observation, here or elsewhere in the blogosphere. But it bears repeating now that the battle to thwart the Affordable Care Act is focusing almost exclusively on...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 10:45 AM The Missing Piece in Obamacare

Progressive scribblers and gabbers have tried to mention this metronomically, but to little avail: the hysteria surrounding "rate shock" for individual insurance premiums purchased via the Obamacare exchanges rarely takes...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 9:34 AM Election Day!

So it's an off-year general election day, sort of like a brief jolt of the joy juice for political junkies to get them to the next real election day. But...

By Ed Kilgore

November 05, 2013 8:38 AM Daylight Video

Woke up this morning with an Joe Jackson song in my head, and decided to feature a few of his tunes today. Here he is in Sydney in 1991 performing...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 6:34 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Having done several Jumbo Size posts today, and planning some overtime tomorrow to cover the elections, I'm signing off with eleven posts today, if anyone's counting. Here are some final...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 5:41 PM Wacko Birds of a Feather

Those who marveled at my earlier post about David Barton's belief that legalized abortion is the cause of climate change should be aware that the "historian" is not only the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 4:36 PM No Such Thing as a Bipartisan Anti-Incumbent Wave

I don't want to spend a lot of time swatting down a ridiculous proposition, but The Guardian's Harry Enton is right: there is a persistent media myth that any period...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 4:12 PM The Great "Kludge" Debate of 2013

I'm not going to pretend to cover this topic exhaustively in a single post. But I do want to note the increasingly wide-ranging debate touched off by Steven Teles' National...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

So in case you aren't a college football fan, or only follow Top 25 results, or had something better to do this weekend, yeah, my Georgia Bulldogs beat their bitter...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 1:25 PM The 2012 Campaign Books

When I took on the assignment from WaMo to write about the first wave of 2012 campaign books, the latest from Halperin and Heilemann, Double Down, hadn't been released or...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 12:53 PM Obama As Blogger

Jonathan Chait has some tongue-in-cheek sport today with the president's HuffPost item arguing for enactment of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). He adjudges this new blogger Barack Obama as being...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 11:17 AM A New Theory of Man-Made Global Warming

This is the sort of thing we can look forward to if David Barton is "drafted" to run for the U.S. Senate in Texas (from Raw Story's David Edwards): A...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 10:15 AM The "Obamacare Referendum"

A good example of the powerful temptation Republicans are going to face when the deal goes down on keeping the federal government open is emanating from Virginia, where Ken Cuccinelli...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 9:41 AM Back to the Brink?

The CW in American politics at the moment is that Republicans are suffering from revulsion at their irresponsible tactics during the late government shutdown and near debt default, while Democrats...

By Ed Kilgore

November 04, 2013 8:50 AM Daylight Video

Hard to believe it was just five years today that Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. Seems like half a lifetime, and I'm sure it seems like...

By Ed Kilgore

November 03, 2013 7:34 PM Because the Senate Needs More Cowbell

Here we go: Texas tea party activists eager to send another firebrand in the mold of Ted Cruz to the Senate have launched a movement to draft evangelical historian David...

By Martin Longman

November 03, 2013 5:05 PM Rand Paul's Thin Skin

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) may have presidential aspirations but he's created a major problem for himself. He was busted by Rachel Maddow for plagiarizing a Wikipedia entry for the movie...

By Martin Longman

November 03, 2013 12:29 PM Know Who to Blame

Donald Rizer doesn't know it, but I put everything I had into electing President Obama so that Mr. Rizer could have access to affordable health care. And he would have...

By Martin Longman

November 03, 2013 10:14 AM I Didn't Understand It, Either

It doesn't surprise me to learn that President Obama was mystified when he learned that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) had been selected as Mitt Romney's running mate. I could never...

By Martin Longman

November 03, 2013 8:37 AM Forced to Go Nuclear

Republican senators are making an extraordinary argument that the DC Circuit of Appeals, despite having three vacancies, does not need any new judges because their workload is low. Congress determines...

By Martin Longman

November 02, 2013 10:49 PM As I Was Saying...

There are three snippets from Marc Fisher and Laura Vozzella's pre-post-mortem of the Ken Cuccinelli gubernatorial campaign that I want to share with you. Here's the first: Four years ago,...

By Martin Longman

November 02, 2013 6:23 PM Casual Observation

I can't imagine how someone could get it in their head that former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was such a tyrant that it would be a good idea...

By Martin Longman

November 02, 2013 3:08 PM The Tent Just Got Bigger

I welcome Jason Thigpen into the Democratic Party. I actually agree with him about a lot of things. But, on policy? Not so much. Mr. Thigpen was a Republican candidate...

By Martin Longman

November 02, 2013 1:10 PM Strange History

I agree with Steve M. that this version of history provided by the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza is deeply strange: [New Jersey Governor Chris] Christie is increasingly seen as the...

By Martin Longman

November 02, 2013 9:49 AM Open Warfare

Rightly or wrongly, freshman Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is seen as the man who is responsible for the recent government shutdown. As a result, a small plurality of Republicans now...

By Martin Longman

November 02, 2013 2:37 AM How to Save the Right From Itself

Ever since California changed their election laws in 2010, I've been thinking about how to orchestrate a progressive insurgency from the Golden State. Despite my obsession, my ideas are still...

By Martin Longman

November 01, 2013 5:35 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Yesterday, after I suggested on Twitter that I was trick-or-treating to reach 5,000 followers, my old friend and lefty agitator Armando Llorens said he'd follow if I wrote about the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 4:49 PM Better Work On That Obamacare Replacement Agenda, Republicans

Our good friend Jonathan Bernstein makes an important point today at the Plum Line that most of us have just missed in all the hysteria about Obamacare implementation: whether the...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 4:31 PM More Judicial Clutter on Contraception Coverage Mandate

If you're wondering if it really matters whether Barack Obama gets to appoint some new members to the D.C. Court of Appeals, you might want to be aware of its...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 3:20 PM Cautionary Notes on Likelihood of GOP Split

One of the biggest questions in American politics today is whether the ongoing radicalization of the Republican Party will at some point lose it some previously loyal voters. So it's...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

Trying to avoid dipping into the Halloween treat basket which went untouched last night. Like I said, not a lot of kids in my neighborhood, though lots of folks fully...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 1:18 PM The SNAP Debate Gets Real

As you may have heard, a reduction in food stamp (a.k.a. SNAP) benefits goes into effect today from sea to shining sea, affecting 47 million Americans, including 21 million children...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 12:26 PM Abortion Status Quo Shifts

The underlying reality of the "abortion wars" over the last four decades has been that the constitutional status quo requires a "right to choose" within much-debated and occasionally eroded boundaries...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 11:34 AM "Outside His Narrative Of His Own Actions...."

As you probably know, the latest round of Benghazi! fever--leading, among other things, to the taking of Janet Yellen's confirmation as Fed Chairman as a hostage--was touched off by a...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 11:10 AM A Level Deeper on Obamacare and Public Opinion

Greg Sargent is right to draw attention this morning to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation survey on the future of the Affordable Care Act, which takes us a solid level...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 10:11 AM Decision Time on Filibuster Reform

Well, nobody can say senators didn't have the time to think it all through. Three-and-a-half months after the temporary deal that enabled Senate Democrats to quickly confirm five executive-branch nominations,...

By Ed Kilgore

November 01, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

It's the Solemnity of All Saihts, or All Saints Day. So we'll feature some songs referring to saints or sainthood. Let's start with the Grateful Dead performing "Saint of Circumstance"...

By Ed Kilgore

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