Political Animal


January 11, 2013 6:20 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry I spent so high a percentage of posts today just bashing conservatives (and their friends the Second Amendment absolutists). But sometimes they leave no choice. Here are some remainders of the day:

* Newark mayor Cory Booker, not waiting for Frank Lautenberg to retire, takes first formal step towards 2014 Senate race.

* Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates mocks attempted cooptation of MLK by supporters of Gun Appreciation Day.

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent notes significance of Chamber’s Tom Donahue joining business leaders calling on GOP to stop taking debt limit hostage.

* At Ten Miles Square, Gregory Koger articulates progressive case against using “constitutional option” for filibuster reform.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports declining grad school enrollment product of reduced financial aid.

And in non-political news:

* Don’t know how deep the betting pool is on this stuff, but here’s one prominent set of predictions for Sunday’s Golden Globes.

The always-excellent Adele Stan is back for Weekend Blogging. I’ll sign off with some more Warren Zevon: a beautiful performance of “Desperadoes Under the Eaves” back in 1976, accompanied by some nice photos of the Excitable Boy.


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.


  • Jose Hipants on January 11, 2013 7:43 PM:

    Zevon bookends!
    I'll drink to that.
    Here's to The late, great Warren Zevon.

  • Roddy McCorley on January 11, 2013 8:04 PM:

    When I first moved to Los Angeles, I got an inordinate kick out of seeing the places mentioned in Zevon's songs. I made a wrong turn one day and quite by accident drove past the Hollywood Hawaiian Hotel. I found there really was a Pioneer chicken stand on Alavarado Street. And, of course, I looked away down Gower Avenue.

    Goddam, I miss that guy!

  • punaise on January 11, 2013 8:23 PM:

    I just rediscovered a nice oldie: Jethro Tull's Skating Away (on the Thin Ice of the New Day):


  • exlibra on January 11, 2013 10:04 PM:

    On the "Second Amendment Absolutists" front, this one is priceless:

    In plain English, the Eager-Yeager putz had his livelihood yanked out from under him in a well regulated manner. Made my day. I think I'll hafta adopt a dog (female) from the SPCA, and rename it Karma...

    Craptcha says "respective ruelye". Interpretations vary widely :)

  • Shari on January 11, 2013 11:22 PM:

    what a lovely version of that song. I still tear up sometimes listening to his songs.

  • Wormold on January 12, 2013 5:58 PM:

    Thanks. The photos brought a tear to my eye, but I've always loved that song.