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November 21, 2012 5:51 PM Day’s End and Holiday Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Finally landed in the ATL, and for those few of you who haven’t vaulted fully into Thanksgiving, here are some remainders of the day:

* That terrific trio of GOP foreign policy stalwarts in the Senate, McCain, Graham, and Ayotte, manage to issue statement on Israel/Hamas cease-fire without any positive words for the efforts of the Obama administration.

* Jesse Jackson, Jr., resigns from Congress.

* Conservatives continue to whine about liberal “Palinization” of Marco Rubio after his expressions of agnosticism about general age of the Earth.

* At Ten Miles Square, Sarah Binder reminds us that changes to Senate filibuster rules won’t have clear effects until that hidebound body implements them.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that declining law school applications indicate need for serious reform of those institutions.

And in non-political news:

* Turkeys: a list of 2012’s biggest box-office flops.

We’ll have a couple of posts tomorrow noting the news, if any; but will generally leave you to your revels. Have a great Thanksgiving Day!


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.


  • haroldmarks on November 21, 2012 7:28 PM:

    why not say atlanta rather than atl. it would save those of us uncosmopolitans from
    having to go to google to unravel your elitist tla's. ( i'll save you the trouble, it stands
    for three letter acronyms. ) sincerely, harold

  • exlibra on November 21, 2012 7:58 PM:

    That terrific trio of GOP foreign policy stalwarts in the Senate, McCain, Graham, and Ayotte [...]

    ...is just an old couple of classless jerks, with one jerkette for company.

    Marco Rubio doesn't need to be "Palinized"; the only difference between him and her is that, which is hidden under the nether clothes. Their brains are a matching pair: each the size of a dessicated pecan, unsuitable even for a T-giving pie, never mind for office.

  • Bo on November 21, 2012 9:49 PM:

    "That terrific trio of GOP foreign policy stalwarts in the Senate, McCain, Graham, and Ayotte [...]"

    Of that "terrible trio", the most terrible of all is little Grampy McNumbNuts. He still hasn't gotten over his loss in the 2008 election. And it is exactly at moments like this that I remember again how lucky we are that we dodged that bullet. Just imagine him in the Oval Office during this latest Israel-Gaza conflict . . . with that glazed look in his eyes and yelling "get off my lawn!" in an empty room. Or -- let's say he died in office -- imagine Esther Queen of the Tundra's approach to this challenge. I shudder to think of it.

  • mcc on November 21, 2012 10:45 PM:

    I really, *really* liked Cloud Atlas :(

  • Leopold von Ranke on November 22, 2012 8:10 AM:

    The only thing that actually puzzles me about the McCain-Graham-Ayotte trio is that Lieberman did not join to make it a quartet. I know he parted company with his "two amigos" over Benghazi, which would have been a shrewd political move if he was standing for election again, but my understanding is he's retiring. Why he didn't join this little farce is anybody's guess. I wouldn't guess he made either move out of a sence of honor, patriotism or propriety. It's a puzzlement.

  • TCinLA on November 22, 2012 2:01 PM:

    Actually, I think "Palinizing" little Marco the Rube would be a promotion for him - at least into single-digit positive number IQ territory.