Political Animal


June 25, 2014 4:18 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

So as advertised, I’m off to the airport. But here are some remains of the day:

* National Review’s John Fund, who’s really on a tear about Mississippi, points a trembling finger at a Cochran flyer telling African-Americans the Tea Folk were trying to keep them from voting, and suggests it may have decided the election. Probably helped.

* Meanwhile, FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten estimates that Cochran would have lost by 25,000 without new African-American voters in his column.

* At the Prospect, Monica Potts explores HRC’s new “cool grandma” persona.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein downplays the odds of a GOP effort to impeach the president. I’m not so sure about that.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer observes that much-ballyhooed Starbucks college assistance plan is actually less generous than what the company once offered its employees.

And in non-political news:

* Shark found in park pond in Florida. Nothing surprises me that happens in that state.

That’s it for Wednesday. Let’s close with a cheerier song about the Magnolia State, Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” performed live in 1970 (there’s some non-germane Vietnam footage, presumably to illustrate the times, but they do eventually show the performance).


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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