Political Animal


January 28, 2013 5:44 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

After we get a nice, succinct video of Friday’s event on Race, History and Obama’s Second Term, I’ll get back to writing about some of the articles in the January/February issue of the Monthly, a truly prodigious supply of content.

Here’s what I’ve got for this day’s end, wherein political news eventually slowed to a crawl:

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent shoots down idea that bipartisan Senate immigration proposal would let Jan Brewer decide when enough is enough on border enforcement.

* Politico’s Kevin Robillard chronicles drift by HRC away from categorical statements she’s not running for president in 2016.

* Dave Weigel supplies video of Ron Johnson’s interview w/ the Randian Atlas Society, wherein the senator identifies with Atlas Shrugged’s Hank Rearden. At least he picked the adulterer, not the rapist of The Fountainhead.

* Dutch Queen Beatrix announces upcoming abdication after 33-year reign.

* At Ten Miles Square, Andrew Rudalevige notes DC Circuit decision on recess appointments would outlaw all intrasession recess appointments, whether or not Congress adjourns.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes and warns against sudden irrational exuberance about online courses.

And in nonpolitical news:

* Taco Bell pulls anti-vegetable ad.

To close the day, here again are the Flying Burrito Brothers performing the trucker classic “Six Days On the Road” at Altamont, from the movie Gimme Shelter.


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.


  • TomParmenter on January 28, 2013 6:20 PM:

    'I just passed a Jimmy and a White' (GMC and White Trucks), not 'I just passed a vision in white", although I suppose that's a sweet thought.

    Also, not 'ECC', but the late ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission).

    You never see the band and the soundtrack is so bad the lousy captions are required.

    That said, I appreciate the effort.

  • Robert on January 28, 2013 8:36 PM:

    I remember that time of...enlightenment...I think...

  • BJ on January 28, 2013 8:56 PM:

    TomParmenter beat me to it. The "RCC" is checking on down the line?! On the other hand, I think I've passed that vision in white.

  • C coleman on January 28, 2013 9:58 PM:

    Always thought Altamont would have ended better if the Flying Burrito Brothers had played all night. Thanks.