Political Animal


December 04, 2012 1:34 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Had gone several hours without thinking about the SEC championship game when I called my local pharmacy and the woman who answered the phone—another Georgia expat—asked me if I’d “gotten over the mourning period for the Dawgs.” She clearly hadn’t. Oh well. Here are some mid-day news-and-views treats:

* TAP’s Paul Waldman reports on Ashley Judd’s possible challenge to Mitch McConnell in 2014.

* PPP survey shows Saxby Chambliss vulnerable to right-wing primary challenge, but leading the most-named challengers comfortably.

* Pew survey shows public almost twice as likely to blame congressional Republicans as Obama if fiscal talks fail to produce agreement by year’s end.

* RCP’s Scott Conroy previews VA governor’s race, including possibilities of Bolling indie run and Perriello challenge to The Macker. More on latter contingency from TNR’s Nate Cohn.

* Elizabeth Warren tapped for spot on Senate Banking Committee. Fun fun.

And in non-political news:

* Painful details on Jovan Belcher murder-suicide emerge.

Back after some domestic chores.

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 04, 2012 2:09 PM:

    The Conservatives are up in arms over Boner's lame proposal. A prominent Conservative, Brent Brozell, laments that real conservatives are "unfortunately, firmly in the minority".
    That's correct, Brozell.....a minority and one that is being held firmly responsible in public opinion for the Fiscal Cliff mess. And rightly so. A minority headed down to Not Important Party status. Nice job.

  • Peter C on December 04, 2012 2:20 PM:

    It would be sweet to have Ashley Judd take over Mitch McConnell's seat. I think it would make it so that his seat was contested, and that can only be good.

  • Robb on December 04, 2012 2:48 PM:

    Judd would make a great senator. She's very intelligent and somewhat of a policy wonk. I'd love to see her crush whatever idiots try to make her out to be just a shallow celebrity.

  • Tramey on December 04, 2012 3:05 PM:

    Check out "Non sequitur" comic strip today. The only thing Wiley got wrong was calling the last order "Political Punditry" instead of "Republican Political Punditry".