Political Animal


January 15, 2013 5:58 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

A very slow news day, but that should change tomorrow when the president formally unveils the administration’s gun regulation proposals. Expect Second Amendment absolutists to begin firing in the air right away.

Here are some remains of this day:

* Salon’s Alex Pareene writes an amusing profile of self-styled “outsider” Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida.

* Mark Sanford confirms he’s running for Congress in Q&A with National Review, and tries out his rationalizations for his interesting behavior in 2009.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn takes apart a Georgia legislator’s case against Medicaid expansion.

* At Ten Miles Square, Larry Bartels sorts through the evidence about the impact on the 2012 election of economic developments.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on plans of private colleges to shift resources from “merit” to “need” scholarships.

And in non-political news:

* Bhagavad-Gita coming to many thousands of hotel night-stands right alongside Gideon Bibles.

A new restorative option for Rocky Raccoon, it seems.


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.


  • Mitch on January 15, 2013 6:49 PM:

    "Expect Second Amendment absolutists to begin firing in the air right away."

    Let's hope that they merely fire into the air. At this stage, though, armed insurrection would not surprise me in the slightest.

  • Federal Offense on January 15, 2013 6:55 PM:

    386 Republican-led filibusters since 2007.
    So tired of irresponsible Republican obstructionists as they steal our treasury for themselves and their cronies. Out of touch insiders and zealots in an alternate universe of their financial connections, graft and deceit. They live on the government dole that they despise for everyone else.
    Purloined assets is what is happening to us.