Political Animal


November 30, 2012 1:36 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

It’s a stormy afternoon here on the Central Coast, which is fine blogging weather. And there’s even a bit more out there to blog about than has been the case recently. Here are some mid-day morsels:

* A techie analysis of how Syria turned off the Internet.

* Steve King’s big contribution to debate on GOP’s appeal to Latinos: forget about ‘em.

* Newt Gingrich attributes his over-confidence about the 2012 general election to excessive reliance on “historical models.” Ah, yes, the ever-empirical Newt!

* CBS poll shows support for legalized pot has reached all-time high (47% for, 47% against).

* Huntsman tells GOPers to deemphasize “fringe” social issues, chill on Benghazi. Also says he’d accept appointment as Obama’s Secretary of State. Please, nooooo.

And in non-political news:

* McDonald’s to boost dollar menu offerings, but franchisees rebel against 69-cent burger.

Back after a chore break.

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.


  • Robb on November 30, 2012 2:03 PM:

    I don't see what would be so bad about Huntsman as SOS.
    As long as he's not given an economic position...

  • T2 on November 30, 2012 2:12 PM:

    What Huntsman means by "fringe" issues are issues where the American public overwhelmingly disagree with the Conservative policy/view. And yes, that would include the majority of what is know as "social" issues. Also economic/wealth issues, Immigration issues, etc. Actually, maybe Huntsman could tell us what issues he feels the Conservatives are on the right side of, as they relate to the public as a whole. I'd be interested to know.

  • Bob Sharak on November 30, 2012 2:39 PM:

    "* CBS poll shows support for legalized pot has reached all-time high (47% for, 47% against)."

    And 6% too stoned ro vote.

  • exlibra on November 30, 2012 2:47 PM:

    The biggest downside to Huntsman as SoS, that I can see, is that it allows him to build up some more credentials as a bipartisan servant of the country for his next presidential run, just as his accepting the position of ambassador to China was supposed to have done. But it would take a totally different GOP to appreciate that and, since I don't see GOP changing its rigid ideology any time soon...

  • exlibra on November 30, 2012 2:53 PM:

    PS The biggest upside (that I can see) to nominating Huntsman as SoS would be watching the Senate Repubs during the confirmation hearings. He's one of us... He's a traitor... What to do... What to do...

  • Andrew Lazarus on November 30, 2012 3:42 PM:

    I think Huntsman would make an excellent SoS.

  • T2 on November 30, 2012 3:48 PM:

    if Obama wants to nominate a GOPer for SS....why not Fred Thompson?

  • Barbara on November 30, 2012 5:28 PM:

    I don't see why Huntsman doesn't just change his registration. I would rather have Huntsman as SOS than Kerry at this point, and I also would love to see the confirmation hearing theater.