Political Animal


January 22, 2013 5:44 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Got a bit behind this afternoon trying to divine the Israeli election returns, but am back on track to spend a few hours in uninterrupted sniffling and sneezing. Here are some remains of the day:

* TPM’s McMorris-Santoro reports on Ken Cuccinelli’s comparison of himself to MLK in his opposition to the contraception coverage mandate. Yeah, Cuccinelli’s really had a tough life of persecution, hasn’t he?

* Reid gives McConnell another 36 hours to agree to deal on filibuster rules or face unilateral imposition of new rules via “constitutional option.” Details of what either change would involve remain murky.

* Ron Kirk steps down as U.S. Trade Representative, a Cabinet-level position.

* At Ten Miles Square, Sarah Binder discusses Ezra Klein’s idea that expanded use of discharge petitions in House could create way around the Hastert Rule.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports Rick Santorum is at it again, attacking alleged higher ed hostility to his idea of Christianity.

And in non-political news:

* Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams producing “Influenza Sorbet” that includes “a blend of honey, ginger, orange juice, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and Maker’s Mark bourbon.” Yeah, that’s what I need.

To close, here’s some more vintage Curved Air, with “It Happened Today.” Classic Old Hippie fare!


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.


  • latts on January 22, 2013 5:49 PM:

    Never tried the sorbet, but Jeni's is highly, highly recommended. So much so that I've ruled that houses within a ten-block radius of their store aren't to be considered for purchase-- the calories & the cost would both be detrimental with temptation so close.

  • Kathryn on January 22, 2013 6:36 PM:

    Hope you rally Ed and the sorbet sounds great even without the flu, treat yourself to some.

  • SadOldVet on January 22, 2013 6:54 PM:

    After not reading Political Animal for several weekdays, I decided to try again today. I remember the 'good old days' when Steve Benen provided blogs that were entertaining, informative, and worth reading.

    Ed's Lunch Buffet comment that he is in a "NyQuil-induced sleep torpor into a DayQuil-sustained conscious haze" is an apt description of most of his postings. Or was it that his repeating of other writers for most of his word count makes us groggy? Looks like one article (on Bibi Nut-And-Yahoo) is original today.

    At least The Political Animal is readable and worth the time on most weekends!

  • biggerbox on January 22, 2013 8:52 PM:

    Is Cuccinelli saying he has to have his babies in the back of the bus, or is it that he can only pray at the "Religious" drinking fountains? I'm confused.

  • John Sully on January 22, 2013 10:18 PM:

    The sorbet seems close, but a bit excessive. I'd just take Maker's Mark, lemon and honey. Yeah, that's the ticket.

  • Crissa on January 23, 2013 2:55 AM:

    I often use a shot of rum or bourbon in place of milk in an icecream shake. Very tasty.

  • Mrs. J on January 23, 2013 8:31 AM:

    I think Ed has great posts and I tune in often. He is always on top of the issues.

    I'm thinking this morning that Paul Ryan really must be naive to try to distance himself from his past comments on American citizens being takers.

    Brad DeLong weighs in:


    And, Mrs. J must add that by Ryan standing near Beyonce with that $hi#-eatin' grin, he must have craved the limelight. He looked particularly photo-ready.
    Ryan the vain must have viewed this video from photographer Peter Hurley on how to look your best for pictures----which I am happy to share with Political Animal participants:


  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on January 23, 2013 9:31 AM:

    In the throws of my menses, I could really slap Ken Coochie with my bloody little womb... Yeah, I'm being rather crude this morning...