Political Animal


January 07, 2013 5:53 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’ve written several longer-than-usual posts today, probably because otherwise I’d just be reporting the latest back-and-forth over one or two subjects. In any event, here are remains of the news day:

* Glenn Greenwald weighs in for Hagel, against Brennan.

* Elizabeth Warren endorses Barney Frank to become her temporary Senate colleague.

* Seems we can thank the brass at NBC for sparing us a Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2012.

* At Ten Miles Square, Erik Voeten reports signs of a real debate over U.S. “grand strategy.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes that stereotypes of college professors having a “low-stress” job don’t account for the 73% of U.S. college faculty who work part-time, without benefits.

And in non-political news:

* Release of M.I.A.’s latest album delayed because label considered it “too positive” for fan base.

I hope tomorrow offers more than a Hagel-ganza (maybe at least a Brennan-palooza), but PA will be there no matter what.


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.


  • Dredd on January 07, 2013 6:01 PM:

    There is more scientific evidence as to the origin of The Donald and The W now.

  • Ron Byers on January 07, 2013 6:23 PM:

    If the Donald was actually a billionaire nothing the NBC brass could have said would have talked him out of running for President, but since he just plays a billionaire on television, all they had to say was a single word "cancel." That single word was enough to talk the Donald down.

  • RepubAnon on January 07, 2013 10:17 PM:

    The Donald and The Palin - both in it for the money.