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November 29, 2012 1:33 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

It’s great to be back home and no closer to airplanes than the occasional distant hum of engines. Let’s get to some mid-day news-and-views items:

* In an important follow-on to the Black Friday labor actions at Wal-Mart, non-unionized fast-food workers strike in New York City to seek recognition of their bad pay, possibly generating a union organizing effort.

* Syrian government shuts down internet access.

* Romney meets with Ryan immediately prior to lunch with Obama. Pep talk, sealed instructions, or just symbolism?

* Speaking of Ryan, TNR’s Alec MacGillis notes the Randian Thomist’s apparent promotion to the status of “Global Thinker.”

* Scott Brown revving engines for another Senate special election bid if Kerry appointed to Obama cabinet. He’ll need new message other than opponent’s Native American self-identification, though.

And in non-political news:

* Most lucrative job in America today? Fired college football coach!

Back after mid-morning ablutions.

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

  • T2 on November 29, 2012 2:11 PM:

    I heard Joe LIEberman (I-Nowhere) on TV at lunch....he's decided Susan RIce didn't do anything wrong regarding Benghazi. I can rest easy now. By the way, Joe, don't let the door hit you on your way out of the Senate. What a jerk.

  • Mitt's Magic Underpants on November 29, 2012 2:45 PM:

    I don't understand why liberal bloggers express outrage at the R's treatment of S. Rice. It is, of course, all about getting Scott Brown back to the Senate.

  • KK on November 29, 2012 3:10 PM:

    MMU you hit the nail on the head. How about Kerry steps up and gives her a full throated pledge of support? Without it I suspect quite a few Macchavalian angles at work including Sen Kerry.

  • Renai on November 29, 2012 3:11 PM:

    "Romney meets with Ryan...Pep talk, sealed instructions, or just symbolism?"

    Just pretending.

  • MuddyLee on November 29, 2012 3:40 PM:

    Scott Brown's campaign: I never threw away my war medals - of course Cosmopolitan didn't give out any war medals, but if they had....

  • exlibra on November 29, 2012 5:48 PM:

    KK, @3:10PM,

    Even if Kerry gives Rice full support in public, as you recommend, thus taking himself out of the running for the SoS, we're still not out of the woods vis that Senate seat. There's some scuttlebutt going around about the possibility of his being nominated for Secretary of Defense. Which, doubtless, Repubs would filibuster as noisily as they would anyone, nominated by Obama, to any position.

    I am now beginning to wonder whom Obama really intends to nominate for SoS, springing it on the Repubs out of the blue, after they'd bayed themselves hoarse fighting Rice...

    "114 asenser". I'm wondering if my sole sensor is in proper working order; the remaining 113 have stopped functioning, I know...

  • cmdicely on November 29, 2012 6:20 PM:

    I am now beginning to wonder whom Obama really intends to nominate for SoS, springing it on the Repubs out of the blue, after they'd bayed themselves hoarse fighting Rice...

    Maybe the secret plan behind him talking Hillary into staying on pending the confirmation of a successor was that, given the Congress he has, it's a good way to keep her on at least through the next Congress, if not the full second term.