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November 15, 2012 1:39 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Throat’s raw from trying to hit high notes at choir practice last night, so attribute any sudden lapses in posting to coughing fits. Here’s what I’ve got in the way of mid-day nutrition:

* John Cornyn, now the number two leader in the Senate Republican Caucus, casually spreads dumb U.N. conspiracy theory about Arms Trade Treaty. Yeah, sure, GOPers have learned their election lesson.

* Rep. George Miller (D-CA) introducing voting rights legislation that’s big improvement over post-2000 HAVA.

* Economist notes that divergence between House results and House popular vote historically very high.

* Down in Georgia, State Senate’s ruling Republicans get extensive briefing on evil plans of Agenda 21 conspirators. Evil plans include “public-private partnerships,” obviously socialistic.

* CBS confirms Susan Rice’s CIA talking points for Sunday Show appearance called events leading to killings of Americans the product of “spontaneous demonstrations.”

* Israel-Hamas battle escalating rapidly.

And in non-political news:

* Handy list of 10 items parents should not pack in lunch-boxes. No mention of cigarettes or pork rinds.

Back after I try to figure out if readers are actually ready to think about a struggle-for-the-soul-of-the-Democratic-Party. Early returns were not positive.

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.

Comments

  • max on November 15, 2012 1:47 PM:

    Back after I try to figure out if readers are actually ready to think about a struggle-for-the-soul-of-the-Democratic-Party. Early returns were not positive.

    It was fine. I agreed with it in essence. (Roughly: all political parties are made up of coalitions and ours is pretty fractious.)

    Not much to add to that.

    max
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  • Anonymous on November 15, 2012 2:07 PM:

    it's another GOP bullshit.
    To attack Susan Rice for merely telling the incomplete CIA intelligence she was given at the time (she also mentioned this at the time that she is not certain)
    GOP senators themselves also were given this same report.

    They are just shooting the messenger instead of seriously reevaluate the embassy security, the CIA intelligence gathering process and Libyan government's fragile state.

    As for Rice's nomination as the sectary of state, we should all remind McCain and Graham that they confirmed Condy Rice as Bush's sectary of state after she told everyone in the country and the world about the horrible intelligence about Iraq's having WMD which led to Iraq War.

    Susan Rice was the key part of UN's successful Iran sanction and NATO's Libya intervention which those GOP Senators scolded Obama for his "slow" actions and praised Susan Rice for pressing Obama.

    Libya is still work in progress, but so far they are relatively doing much better economically, avoiding the worse case scenario. GOP overreaction smells politics.

    4 deaths of Americans there is the tragic cost of toppling Ghaddahi, leaving a new Libyan government with inadequate police and army of their own. I doubt that it will happen again now that security is better and government is actively attacking terrorists/anti-democracy militias.

  • T2 on November 15, 2012 2:08 PM:

    John Cornyn is not a particularly smart guy. Having him in a position of leadership for GOPers is reassuring. He is as Beltway Establishment as they come, balanced with Rick Perry Good-Old-Boy TX network of moneymen, all the while trying to cozy up to the Tea Party. But he is not TeaParty, he's a guy who will take sides with whomever seems to be most helpful to his re-election. It will be fun to watch him dance on a hot-plate for the next couple years.

  • emjayay on November 15, 2012 2:11 PM:

    The link for items to not put into lunch boxes goes to a selection of lunch boxes, not what goes inside. Besides, every child should have a metal Roy Rogers lunchbox, with a breakable glass thermos inside.

  • FlipYrWhig on November 15, 2012 2:46 PM:

    The whole Libya thing is just absurd. There was a demonstration. There was also an attack with heavy weapons. The end.

  • Kristina P on November 15, 2012 4:21 PM:

    Re House discrepancy: is the proportion closer in states that have non- partisan redistributing? For example, California.

  • zandru on November 15, 2012 4:32 PM:

    On Benghazi:

    Well, maybe it ties in with the Petraeus stuck-in-the-middle of a catfight deal. The Congress is bipartisanly enraged - ENRAGED!!! - that they weren't included from day 1 in the emerging Sex Scandal. It is, as always, all about **S*E*X**. Now it appears that there's a tenuous connection to Benghazi - so full speed ahead!

  • cmdicely on November 15, 2012 5:25 PM:

    Economist notes that divergence between House results and House popular vote historically very high.

    You choose single-member districts with first-past-the-post elections, and this is the result you are going to get sometimes, especially if you combine it with unequal size districts resulting from first dividing the country into states, the assigning seats to states, then dividing states up into districts (the smallest Congressional district has a little over half the population of the largest.)

    Re House discrepancy: is the proportion closer in states that have non- partisan redistributing? For example, California.

    Its would be misleading to use the November vote to tell, since in California now (due to recent changes in the election system) the November "General" election for Congress (and all other partisan offices other than President) isn't actually a general election, but a top-two runoff from the "Primary" election (which is actually the closest thing to an a normal general election for Congress, though, since there is no preceding nominating process, there are multiple candidates from each party on the ballot.) But what I've seen from past studies of past elections is that "nonpartisan" redistricting schemes elsewhere have had no discernable benefit in the past on imbalances between votes cast and party results in terms of number of members elected.

  • Joe Friday on November 15, 2012 8:15 PM:

    "Israel-Hamas battle escalating rapidly."

    The RightWing Likud is Batshit Crazy. If they keep it up, someday somebody is going to grab one of those Pakistani nukes and vaporize most of Israel. I will be shocked. I will not be surprised.

  • stratplayer on November 16, 2012 7:24 AM:

    Did you warm up properly and support your voice from your diaphragm? I'm a tenor in my 50s (and the only male in our choir's tenor section) and I can still hit a decent high A in full chest voice if I do those things, my allergies aren't acting up and I don't drink too much scotch the night before.