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December 06, 2012 1:27 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry again for the power outage and early slow posting, but we’re now ahead of schedule (and thanks to Ryan for an intervention!). Here are some mid-day snacks from the chafing dishes:

* Palmetto State native Stephen Colbert volunteers for Senate duty!

* ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes offers eleven reasons we should all be happy Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate.

* Dinesh D’Souza claims “liberal bias” denied him an “Best Documentary” Oscar nomination for 2016, but at Alternet Laura Gottesdiener suggests the film just sucked.

* Rothenberg notes that if they have a performance in Senate races in 2014 anything like this year’s, Dems will be in fine position to win super-majority in 2016.

* Cantor and Cuccinelli squabble over nominating process for Virginia Republican candidates.

And in non-political news:

* Baseball great Robin Yount Cheneys Cubs manager Dale Sveum during quail hunt; injuries not serious.

Back after a short break, but in honor of all the talk of my native state of South Carolina this morning, here’s the Byrds (with Gram Parsons) performing “Hickory Wind” in 1968.

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

  • sjw on December 06, 2012 1:56 PM:

    The fact that the Democrats will pick up Senate seats in the next several elections should give them courage to pursue robust filibuster reform. When Republicans finally recover in 10 years or so, it will be a new crop of moderate, sane, normal politicians who will hold the Senate.

  • low-tech cyclist on December 06, 2012 3:23 PM:

    Rothenberg notes that if they have a performance in Senate races in 2014 anything like this year’s, Dems will be in fine position to win super-majority in 2016.

    That's a damned big 'IF', and Rothenberg totally ignores that fact - which is bizarre, because he's the guy you'd expect to be expert on the Senate electoral map for 2014. And the thing to say about that map is that it'll be a miracle if the Dems manage to hold their losses to just a seat or two, net.

    They've got essentially zero chances for picking up a seat, unless Susan Collins retires. Other than that, the GOP is defending seats in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Idaho, states where a Dem win would practically take a miracle. And the Dems are defending seats in Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, and South Dakota, along with other slightly more hospitable climes like Alaska and North Carolina.

    The good guys gained Senate seats in 2012, but we're gonna give some back in 2014.

  • Peter C on December 06, 2012 3:26 PM:

    Poor Dinesh! He should realize that the pursuit of excellence is a LIBERAL endeavor. As a conservative, he should stick to pursuit of wealth. Things like Oscars and Nobel Prizes are inherently liberal because they seek to reward people who aren't necessarily rewarded by the market. That whole concept (of something valuable but not rewarded economically) is contrary to Republican philosophy. Repulbicans crave such accolades for the fame they give, but they do not respect them as inherently valuable and few are clever enough to actually win them.

  • Quaker in a Basement on December 06, 2012 4:14 PM:

    Dinesh D’Souza claims “liberal bias” denied him an “Best Documentary” Oscar nomination

    Bless his heart.