Political Animal


November 13, 2012 1:31 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

My wife came downstairs this morning about 7:00 PDT and asked: “Wonder what your momma would think of you eating cookies and pizza for breakfast?” But I was fresh out of twigs and berries!

But here are some lunch munches, of more acceptable food value:

* Check out a powerful Robert Wright column on the militarization of the CIA being the real Petraeus Scandal.

* Georgia GOP chair invites Rep. Alan West (who hasn’t conceded defeat yet, though everyone has told him he lost) to move back to native state and run for office there. Can’t imagine both West and Paul Broun, Jr., in the same Delegation.

* Harold Meyerson notes that 15 remaining Republican members of the California Congressional Delegation are all white Christian men. Can’t even manage tokenism, can they?

* As Susan-Rice-To-State boom intensifies, so does talk that John Kerry could succeed Leon Panetta at the Pentagon. Swift-Boaters despair!

* Ezra Klein wonders why presidents always undermine their congressional parties by appointing Members to cabinet jobs. Maybe they want the jobs, Ezra!

And in non-political news:

* Preemie birth rate drops to lowest level in a decade.

Back after I mull a somewhat longer post.

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.


  • ex-curm on November 13, 2012 1:48 PM:

    Kerry to the Defense Department would likely mean Scott Brown running again, this time for Kerry's vacated seat against a less-known Democrat. Kerry should stay where he is.

  • steviio on November 13, 2012 2:07 PM:

    Great. Now Scott Brown will run for Kerry's vacated seat. The Dems just can't help but shoot themselves in the foot. Make that head...

  • Aigin on November 13, 2012 2:14 PM:

    My momma, who's from Northwest Georgia, taught me long ago that there is no better breakfast than iced tea and cold pizza.

  • exlibra on November 13, 2012 2:15 PM:

    Scott Brown wouldn't be running against an unknown; he'd be running against a one-year incumbent, named by the (Dem) Governor. Not as good as having Kerry stay put, but not quite terrible, either. It worked for Gillibrand, didn't it? She managed to get elected on her own, after a stint as a nominated "replacement" Senator. It's up to a) the Governor to nominate a strong replacement and b) to the nominee to make him/herself visible as a Senator worth electing.

  • T2 on November 13, 2012 2:31 PM:

    Susan Rice can't be confirmed as SS, so say the GOPers, because General Petraeus had an affair, and because of his affair, he was not able to give her the right information on Bengazi, so she said the wrong thing. Grasping at straws, folks....this is what the GOP is reduced to.

  • Gene Ha on November 13, 2012 2:34 PM:

    It's fine to call Darrell Issa (R-CA-49) a white man, but that's not all he is. He's also an Arab-American. Both of his paternal grandparents were Palestinians.

  • Gene Ha on November 13, 2012 2:39 PM:

    Sorry, Darrell Issa's paternal grandparents were Lebanese, not Palestinian. My bad.


  • bcinaz on November 13, 2012 3:06 PM:

    Not just Congressional delegations. Arizona was really torpedoed when Obama picked former Governor Janet Napolitano to run DHS, leaving Jan Brewer in charge. Not everyone knew how good a job Napolitano was doing. EVERYBODY knows about Jan Brewer.

  • DisgustedWithItAll on November 13, 2012 9:46 PM:

    Gotta agree with Klein on the Cabinet appoinments. It's pretty stupid to add to the risk of McConnell becoming Majority leader in 2014. Though I like him, I hope Obama doesn't appoint Kerry,

  • candideinnc on November 14, 2012 8:17 AM:

    Scott Brown was barely beaten in this last race. Why do you want to hand hin a victory by taking another Democratic senator out of Massachusetts? Kerry is needed in the senate. Elevate someone from the ranks, don't decimate our Senate majority.