Political Animal


August 26, 2014 6:22 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’ll be working late tonight watching the primary results from Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma. So maybe it’s time for a quick nap now.

Here are some remains of the day:

* So now in addition to the “enthusiasm gap” Pew is reporting an “expectations gap”—which also, of course, favors Republicans at the moment.

* At the Prospect, Sarah Posner offers fascinating profile of former Texas Christian Coalition stalwart’s gradual alienation from her old friends.

* New York Times pointedly refuses to endorse Andrew Cuomo’s renomination as governor.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein reminds us that often “public opinion is an incoherent mess.”

* At College Guide, Sarah Butrymowicz examines the right-wing drive to kill Common Core—and then often to replace it with similar standards.

And In non-political news:

* Vox’s Joseph Stromberg looks at current research on swearing. It’s getting more common, for one thing. Damn!

That’s it for Tuesday. Let’s close with the Doors’ “Peace Frog,” which alludes to the 1968 Democratic Convention in the “town of Chicago.”


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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