Political Animal


December 07, 2012 1:40 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

After rainy, foggy week, it’s a beautiful day on the Central Coast; the storms have at least temporarily dispersed the ugly brown line of kelp that sometimes spoils the long blue view (but nourishes the fishes, I’m told, and it was their ocean first!). Here are some mid-day news morsels of note:

* L.A. Times posts its front page from December 7, 1941. And yes, it features the word “Japs.”

* PPP survey shows Georgia Republicans split right down the middle on desire to secede from United States.

* “Bloodbath” of layoffs will reportedly be announced today at Newsweek.

* At TNR, Noreen Malone pens profile of Kelly Ayotte, Joe Lieberman’s apparent successor in the “Three Amigos.”

* At TAP, Brooke Jarvis reports on formal advent of same-sex marriage in Washington State.

And in non-political news:

* State of Florida has announced Python Hunt in Everglades for January, with prizes! No thanks. And Chelsea Handler will have fun with this one.

Back after some 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.


  • Mitch on December 07, 2012 2:20 PM:

    The Python Hunt in the Everglades is actually very important, and I'll take that as good news. The invasive snakes are causing massive ecological damage and devastating native wildlife. I am no fan of hunting for sport but combating the infestation of these giant predators is necessary for the health of the Everglades. Hopefully this contest can put some folks love of shooting animals to good use.

  • ComradeAnon on December 07, 2012 2:35 PM:

    Saw a piece on how the pythons got to become so prevalent in the Everglades. There was a breeding facility on the edge of the Everglades and after Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, it scattered hundreds of them across the swamps. But I still see so many mentions of them getting there due to escaped or released pets. I'll never understand why exotic pets are allowed as if they are just another canine or feline.

  • Dazed and Confused on December 07, 2012 4:12 PM:

    Leadership!! What are Noreen Malone and TNR up to with Ayotte!

    Ayotte, however, offered only one specific way revenue could be raised: selling off public lands. CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS, July 17, 2012.