Political Animal


January 03, 2013 5:53 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Can’t get over the mental image of House Republicans consoling a weeping John Boehner in the cloakroom after 9 colleagues dissed him by voting against his re-election as Speaker. Can’t prove it happened, but you know it did.

Here’s what’s left for the day:

* RCP’s Erin McPike has a useful thumbnail sketch of the Senate’s freshman class (including, for Democrats, committee assignments).

* Hollywood is apparently abuzz about a script for a movie about HRC.

* Andrew Sullivan reports raising a third of a million dollars from 12,000 subscribers within 24 hours of announcing the new model for The Dish; his former home, The Atlantic, said to be planning pay-for-content model this year.

* Politico reports Geithner to step down in January.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein has a lot of “fun facts” about the Members of the 113d Congress.

And in non-political news:

* Actor playing sinister deputy director of CIA on Homeland says Nicholas Brody really does deserve to die. Method actor?

Since I began the day with a Beatles video, here’s Los Lobos covering “Tomorrow Never Knows” after an interview discussion of the Fab Four. Great performance of the tune that flummoxed Don Draper.


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.


  • Kathryn on January 03, 2013 6:20 PM:

    If reports of a weeping Boehner in the cloakroom being consoled are true, he has more problems then any of us imagined, seriously. Sort of goes hand in hand with the FU comment, followed by boasting. How egotistical and out of touch are these people?

  • j on January 03, 2013 7:25 PM:

    I have long had my doubts about Ed Rendell of MSNBC, he seemed an unlikely democrat, now to find out he is a front man for 'Fix the Debt' a group devoted to raising the age for medicare and social security and altogether gutting entitlements!
    I wonder if I am the last to know!

  • exlibra on January 03, 2013 9:14 PM:

    * RCP’s Erin McPike has a useful thumbnail sketch of the Senate’s freshman class (including, for Democrats, committee assignments).

    Elizabeth Warren, the darling of the left (and, probably, my favourite "new hire" in the Senate) used to be a Republican??? Goodness gracious me!

  • Hannah on January 04, 2013 3:00 AM:

    Was watching C-SPAN2 this morning - the swearing in of 34 senators - four are left-handed BTW. Then they had a quorum call and it was so strange that the first name called was not Mr. Akaka as it has been for the last number of years.

  • advocatethis on January 04, 2013 1:25 PM:

    After seeing David Hidalgo and Louie Perez at Yoshi's, playing their songs and discussing the origins of the songs and Los Lobos, I came away with a strong sense that they could lay claim to being the best American songwriting team of the last thirty years. Obviously that's open to debate, but I could make a strong argument for them.

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  • Sofla on January 04, 2013 4:10 PM:

    Good to see 'Tomorrow Never Knows' getting current notice and covers. Herbie Hancock has a version with Dave Matthews (or vice versa?), and Phil Collins does one also. Among the trippiest offerings from the Fab Four, with lyrics from the Tibetan Book of the Dead.