Political Animal


May 13, 2014 5:59 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

It’s not good for my blood pressure to think too much about Karl Rove. Surely he will beat me to retirement.

Here are some remains of the day:

* A high school girl is kicked out of her Christian Homeschoolers’ prom because the fathers of her classmates couldn’t stop ogling her. Kind of a parable.

* Digby takes us down memory lane with a fine compilation of the “impaired” utterances of the president served by Karl Rove.

* At TNR. Emily Atkin reminds us the scary news about melting Antarctic ice and sea levels is just the tip, so to speak, of the iceberg.

* At Ten Miles Square, Julia Azari points to the period from 2000-2004 as the key “inflection point” in the current atmosphere of intense partisan polarization. Makes sense to me.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay reports on a new study showing that leading experiments in measuring teacher contributions to student achievement are flunking every available test.

And in non-political news:

* New study shows that short (under 5-foot-2) men live longer. Yeah, but Randy Newman says they got no reason to live.

That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll close with one more Tedeschi Trucks tune: “Midnight in Harlem,” which begins with Derek Trucks playing what sounds like slide sitar.


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.


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