Political Animal


December 03, 2012 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m still recovering from Saturday’s SEC championship football game, and its insanely frustrating ending. But it did mean not having to find the money or time to be in Miami, Florida on January 7. So it’s back to politics, and these mid-day news nuggets:

* Look like DWS will get to stay on as DNC chair, per Obama (via Mike Allen).

* At WaPo, Jamelle Bouie endorses Angus King’s idea of linking big deficit reduction measures to a growth “trigger.”

* Also at WaPo, Peter Wallsten reports that brave Norquist-basher Saxby Chambliss is privately sucking up to Grover.

* At Daily Beast, Allison Samuels mulls next moves for Michelle Obama.

* AP story assesses cross-pressures on Obama as he weighs final Keystone XL decision.

And in non-political news:

* Even as we talk politics, big segment of global media focused strictly on Royal Pregnancy.

Back in a bit to regular blogging.

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.


  • T2 on December 03, 2012 2:01 PM:

    yes Ed, as poor a job of clock management as I've seen. So now Georgia goes to a dud bowl, and Alabama plays for the championship despite being run off their own field by Texas A&M.

  • John Sully on December 03, 2012 2:13 PM:

    Something like King's suggestion makes entirely too much sense to have any chance of happening in Washington. Too bad.

  • Luke Coley on December 03, 2012 2:41 PM:

    T2, 'Bama was hardly "run off their own field" by TAMU. We lost by 5, and were inside the 5 with under 2 minutes. In short, we were as close to beating TAMU as Georgia was to beating us. In any event, it was an all-time SECCG, one that either team would have deserved winning. UGa was very much a worthy contestant. Dang shame they won't be in the Sugar Bowl

  • T2 on December 03, 2012 2:53 PM:

    Luke, are you sure you actually saw the game? Did you see the 'Bama d-linemen huffing and puffing, trying to catch Johnny M?

  • bluestatedon on December 03, 2012 3:13 PM:

    Ed, I was thinking of you as the last few seconds transpired. I'm still agog that there was any thought on the part of Murray and the GA coaching staff of doing anything than spiking the ball. They would have had time for at least two quick throws, and if nothing else the spike would have given them time to gather themselves and get organized. Simply mind-boggling.

    My Wolverines are going to face South Carolina, who beat down your Dawgs earlier in the year when they had Lattimore healthy. I just hope we give a better account of ourselves than we did against Alabama in the opener.

    Luke, since you're evidently a Bama fan, you might enjoy these two items. I've got a close friend who's an ND grad, and he was at that epic 1974 clash between Bear and Ara:



  • flubber on December 03, 2012 3:31 PM:

    "Saturday’s SEC championship football game, and its insanely frustrating ending"

    If Georgia's receiver had not inexplicably slipped, he could have run out of bounds easily. Bummer.

  • Luke Coley on December 03, 2012 6:48 PM:

    T2, I'm a 'Bama season ticket holder, so I was at the 'Bama-TAMU game in my usual seat. Yes, I saw our D linemen waving at Johnny Football (perhaps the greatest player I've ever seen in person, something I never thought I'd say after watching Cam Newton in 2010). But TAMU only scored 9 points in the 2d half. 'Bama could have won at the end. I'm not trying to diminish the loss to TAMU, but it wasn't getting run off the field. Trust me, I've seen us get run off the field. TAMU won, but they didn't run us off the field.
    Don, thanks for the links. For 'Bama fans of my era (I'm 54) that was undoubtedly the most disappointing loss in our lifetime.

  • bluestatedon on December 03, 2012 7:40 PM:

    "For 'Bama fans of my era (I'm 54) that was undoubtedly the most disappointing loss in our lifetime."

    Having been on the losing end of more agonizingly close losses in big games than I care to remember as a Michigan fan, I feel your pain. I'm sure as hell not a Alabama fan or a Notre Dame fan, but I love college football so I'll enjoy watching the game anyhow.