Political Animal


December 10, 2012 1:43 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Since I linked to it earlier today, I should probably express my thanks for Digby’s very kind remarks about me in a post over the weekend. I’ll try to live up to them.

Here are some mid-day news-and-views treats:

* Robert Costa of NRO has the lowdown on the threat by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to challenge Boehner for Speaker if he “betrays” conservatives in fiscal talks.

* Nothing new, but Battleground poll shows 60% of Americans favoring higher taxes on taxable income over $250k, and 63% favoring higher taxes on “large corporations,” as deficit reduction measures.

* Rick Synder to meet with President Obama, and also congressional Democrats from Michigan, today as massive protests against final passage of right-to-work legislation continue to build.

* The Atlantic’s Robert Wright latest to ask the question: why are we worried about sequestration of Pentagon funds?

* Peter Beinart critiques the Obama administration’s apparent hands-off strategy towards Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

And in non-political news:

* In the “ridiculous plot development” versus “great romance” debate over Homeland, I’m moving decisively into the former camp.

Back in a few.

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.


  • registeredguest on December 10, 2012 2:35 PM:

    Pleased to see Robert Wright's Atlantic article on defense spending get a mention.

    We should be talking about cutting defense in about a 10 to 1 ratio versus other suggestions for reducing the debt.

  • T2 on December 10, 2012 2:39 PM:

    regarding steep Defense cuts from sequestration or "deficit cuts"....the Military/Industrial complex represents a huge portion of our domestic product and jobs, so naturally it will hurt the economy if that industry is greatly reduced.
    Do we need all of the Military? No. But the ancillary effect of the cuts would be bad for the economy in the bigger picture. It's what's called a conundrum.

  • republicans view on December 10, 2012 2:54 PM:

    The government can never ever ever create jobs. Not teachers. Not infrastructure. Except military spending!!!

  • scott on December 10, 2012 4:16 PM:

    I thought the Digby/Kilgore exchange was amusing. Kilgore lectures folks like Atrios and Digby patronizingly on Medicare, even saying that Digby's motives for calling out Chait were (falsely) mostly about Iraq. Digby responds not by engaging Kilgore's misleading snark but by sticking to the merits and saying nice things about him. 10 guesses who comes out of that exchange looking like the person with better reasoning skills AND more class, and your first 9 don't count.

  • registeredguest on December 11, 2012 11:09 AM:


    I'm aware of the conundrum or as I would prefer to say dilemma.

    But there is a solution. Spending money on the military doesn't have the multiplier effect that spending on infrastructure does. Redirect the money to infrastructure.