Political Animal


January 25, 2013 5:35 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Its been a fun day, and now it’s time, if you haven’t already, to curl up for the weekend with your copy of the January/February issue of the Washington Monthly. I’ve got a couple of articles to re-read myself before writing about them.

And for today’s remainders, we have:

* RCP’s Scott Conroy reports Sarah Palin’s contract with Fox News not renewed. Wonder who walked first?

* Santorum bankroller Foster (“Aspirin Between Their Knees”) Friess says he’s got no regrets for wasted contributions; would do it all again.

* Fresh from filibuster deal with Reid, McConnell boasts in fundraiser that he “beat the liberals” on this issue.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein rains on the “Obama as the liberal Reagan” parade.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer sorts out the very different questions of what colleges cost, and what they charge whom for their services.

And in non-political news:

* Weather Channel names latest winter storm “Khan.” As in “Wrath Of….”

Sam Knight is in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. To close the day, here’s the James Gang again with “Funk #49,” with vintage photos of Joe and the boys.


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.


  • bobbyd on January 25, 2013 6:34 PM:

    Great James Gang samples. Love that hot-wired amp sound. FOGs like me remember when Joe Walsh ran for President. I actually got my roomie to nominate Walsh as a favorite son candidate at a mock convention.

  • sjw on January 25, 2013 8:30 PM:

    McConnell did "beat the liberals," and he's right to brag about his accomplishment. Looked at from the other side, however, Democrats ought to be ashamed.

  • cwolf on January 25, 2013 9:57 PM:

    * Fresh from filibuster deal with Reid, McConnell boasts in fundraiser that he “beat the liberals” on this issue.

    I guess Harry became a Senator because he obviously can't fight and was going nowhere as a pro Boxer.

    What a fucking Embarrassment.

  • Brenda Johnson on January 26, 2013 11:32 AM:

    I see your James Gang clip and raise you the finest cover of Funk 49 ever committed to vinyl:


    The first time I heard this I could not stop laughing.

  • manhattan123 on January 26, 2013 2:52 PM:

    Does the Weather Channel get to name storms? I thought that was the NWS?