Political Animal


December 26, 2012 1:56 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Despite the sparse political news, and the realization that a big chunk of the PA readership is just checked out until January, it’s good to be back home with the iMac trying to make sense of what’s happening. Here are some mid-day leftovers from the Holiday table:

* Luntz says NRA “not listening” to public reaction to the Newtown massacre. I do believe, Frank, that the gun lobby views its job as shaping, not reacting to, public opinion.

* Ornstein reminds GOPers that Speaker doesn’t have to be an actual member of the House.

* Wonkbook’s Suzy Khimm explains why failure to enact a Farm Bill could produce $8 per gallon milk prices.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman offers succinct summary of momentous 2012 developments in health care policy.

* Climate-change denialism takes another hit in wake of Xmas tornados.

And in non-political news:

* University of California’s Feline Genetics Lab unveils Cat Ancestry Test using DNA samples.

Back in a bit. But here’s another version of this morning’s Daylight Video song, this time by The Bangles:

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.


  • exlibra on December 26, 2012 3:18 PM:

    If I get one more error message, telling me I'm denied access either to comments or, even, to the entire Wash. Monthly, to read a posting, I'm gonna check out for much longer than "until January". Those error messages do go away on a second or third try, but they're a pest all the same. As if Craptcha wasn't enough discouragement...

  • melior on December 26, 2012 3:54 PM:

    Ornstein: "Boehner is a decent man."

    What does this even mean? If there's any evidence to back it up, Norm should bring it. I can only conclude it's a pathetic attempt to soften blow of the rest of article, which points to the conclusion he's objectively a failure at his job both within and without his party. Subjectively, he's also a failure as a human being at showing or even pretending any concern for ordinary or disadvantaged citizens.

  • troglodyte on December 26, 2012 3:55 PM:

    This PA reader hasnt checked out until 2013! I am still packing my suitcase in the hotel room.

  • Doug on December 26, 2012 6:40 PM:

    So, the two suggestions Ornstein comes up with are Republicans who are no longer representative of their party? THEY are going to be able to control the House Republican caucus? Bwaaahaaahaaa!
    And we listen to Ornstein why?

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