Political Animal


December 27, 2012 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

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Meanwhile, here are some midday morsels of possible interest:

* Seventh Circuit dismisses challenge to president’s recess appointments for lack of standing; there’s another suit before the DC Circuit.

* E.J. Dionne notes GOP derangement on health care policy makes negotiations on other fiscal issues virtually impossible.

* Log Cabin Republicans release ad attacking possibility of Hagel appointment as Secretary of State.

* As expected, Lisa Jackson announces decision to leave her position as EPA administrator.

* At WaPo, Jonathan Bernstein argues that Republican hypocrisy on spending cuts is even bigger problem than Tea Party pressure or general opposition to bipartisanship.

And in non-political news:

* Dell Computers founder Michael Dell on list of CEOs most likely to be fired in 2013.

Back after a chore break.

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.


  • Ronald on December 27, 2012 2:37 PM:

    Ok, it is a stretch, given the source but:

    Basically- the plan is to put the speaker vote to a secret ballot, that way the brave brave Republicans can vote out Boner, but if that fails, won't get 'punished' for voting against him.

    We'll find out on 1/3 what they do I guess.

  • Douglas6 on December 27, 2012 10:48 PM:

    What, nothing about Lisa Jackson scooting out of town just before the indictments come? Sending over 10,000 emails about government business using an alias to avoid the Freedom of Information Act? This from the Most Transparent Administration in History? Don't you find this conduct even a little bit offensive?

  • Crissa on December 28, 2012 6:01 AM:

    The CEO list is terrible. The list isn't, the explanations on it are: They're ignorant of the actual revenue in many of the sectors. Dell didn't move into enterprise? That's ignorant of the percentage of silicon valley companies that use Dell computers as their standard. EA didn't move and is flanked by Zynga? Zynga's entire gross wouldn't plug EA's holes, and EA has tons of licensing deals into the social-media market. JCP lost ground because of the CEO... Where? Did the writer not notice that JCP's slope really hadn't changed and is still sinking and their nearest competitor, Sears, is shedding hard in the retail sector, too?

    The article is riddled with errors like that making the article nearly misleading to any know-it-all that would read it. Ugh.