Political Animal


December 04, 2012 5:44 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Political news Between the Holidays continues to follow a pattern of brief bursts followed by crickets. But here’s what we have for the end of the day:

* Dick Armey quits FreedomWorks in an apparent huff, but those who know exactly why ain’t talking so far.

* Louisiana Republican congressman’s Shreveport Subway shop allegedly denied service to couple after they admitted they were Muslims.

* NRDC lays out aggressive strategy for using Clean Air Act powers to greatly reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys reports evidence that primary care at community health centers serving low-income Americans is actually superior to that of private-practice doctors.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses turmoil over proposed pay raise for new chancellor of UC Berkeley.

And in non-political news:

* McRib is back on December 17!

I’m off to Home Depot rather than a watering hole (it’s only 2:45 here in Cali, of course), but it’s Happy Hour for some of you.


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.


  • Alan Tomlinson on December 04, 2012 6:25 PM:

    McRib is back? What kind of weird-ass bullshit news is that? Advertising for junk. I do hope they pay you.


    Alan Tomlinson

  • Joe on December 04, 2012 8:51 PM:

    I thought I was the only guy left you loved that song.

  • cwolf on December 04, 2012 8:53 PM:

    Home Depot (ugh) is the Walmart of hardware stores.

  • JJO on December 04, 2012 10:16 PM:

    I love the Housemartins. That is all.

  • MDM on December 04, 2012 10:42 PM:

    Housemartins great; The Beautiful South equally great.