Political Animal


January 16, 2013 5:58 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Having begun and ended my blogging day with efforts to deconstruct the thinking of Second Amendment Absolutists, I’m ready for a gun-free evening.

Here are some final news/views items:

* Charles Pierce translates Obama’s 23 executive orders on gun violence into NRA Tyranny Language. It’s funny, but what’s not so funny is that it’s pretty close to the real thing.

* Safety issues continue to mount for Boeing’s new “flagship” airliner, the 787.

* Harry Reid’s very limited filibuster reform plan likely to be adopted, and not by the “constitutional option.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein discusses the congressional GOP’s habit of manufacturing crises.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that changing standards, not lead exposure, most probable cause of fluctuating high school graduation rates.

And in non-political news:

* Bizarre story unfolding about Notre Dame star Manti Te’o’s apparently fictitious girlfriend.

Tomorrow I plan to write about Planned Parenthood’s announced abandonment of the term “pro-choice”—and whatever else makes news.

Having posted Ebn Ozn’s risible tribute to modern love in the Daylight Video, guess I’ll end the day with the duo’s stab at social consciousness: “Bag Lady,” featuring Imogene Coca (!) and a framed portrait of JFK.


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.


  • Joe Friday on January 16, 2013 9:15 PM:

    The following was part of a statement released by Marco Rubio today:

    "Nothing the President is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook"

    Except, the gun used to murder 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook, and the gun used to shoot 70 and murder 12 at the movie theater in Aurora Colorado, and the gun used to murder the firefighters in Webster New York, WOULD NOT HAVE EXISTED if the Republicans had not blocked the renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban, which Obama has proposed to reinstate.

    How can Rubio release such a ridiculously stupid statement that can be so easily refuted ? If this is the great hope for Republicans in 2016, they are in deep trouble.

  • reidmc on January 16, 2013 11:53 PM:

    out of Babe Ruth clips?