Political Animal


January 13, 2013 4:37 PM Farewell For Now

By Adele Stan

As your nation’s capital enters a frenzied week of inauguration preparations, I bid you farewell for now. Thanks so much for stopping by, and special thanks to the commenters.

But before I go a few things bear mentioning, most notably Colin Powell’s appearance on Meet the Press, where he told host David Gregory that in the G.O.P., there is a “dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party.”

From Huffington Post’s recap:

“What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities,” Powell explained.
Powell specifically pointed to October 2012 comments by former Alaska Gov. and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
“When I see a former governor say that the president is ‘shuckin’ and jivin’ — that’s a racial-era slave term,” Powell said, referring to Palin’s words on Obama’s response.

A couple of more things worth your attention:

* Writing at Hullabaloo, digby is not buying the notion that the administration is playing tough by giving up the idea of taking unilateral action to raise the debt ceiling:

Sooo, either the administration is going to hold on with more steely-eyed grit than they’ve ever shown before to try to get the Republicans to blink (which considering past negotiations, one could not blame the GOP for scoffing at) or they are eager to engage in more high stakes deficit reduction “negotiations.”
Golly, I wonder what’s going to happen?

* Miss America v. Wayne LaPierre - Salon reports that Mallory Hytes Hagan, newly crowned Miss America, is not down with the idea of arming teachers.

I leave you with this brilliant, beautifully shot video of the great Sinatra, going all existential. (Ignore, momentarily, his friendliness with Nixon; you’ll be rewarded with a few minutes of entertainment bliss.)


  • Tom W on January 13, 2013 5:55 PM:

    Thanks Adele! For the real music!

  • Adele Stan on January 13, 2013 6:41 PM:

    De nada, Tom! (At last, a kindred spirit.)

  • rrk1 on January 13, 2013 6:46 PM:

    Digby has it right. Obama's still looking for the "grand bargain", and along the way to undermine social security, medicare, and medicaid. He's going to betray the left for sure. He enjoys doing it in his arrogant, above partisan politics, style. Once again he's surrendered first, and now wants to negotiate. Taking the constitutional option and the magic coin off the table is typical Obama. Beware of what's going to happen.

    Minting a magic coin is definitely a gimmick, and would send the Rethugs in the House into an impeachment frenzy, although it would all be theater of the absurd, and only make Obama more popular. Obama doesn't do theater very well, although he should.

  • Doug on January 13, 2013 7:19 PM:

    rrk1, still p*ssed off at not getting that unicorn? You do realize don't you, that your first paragraph is nothing more than a left-wing version of a Tbagger's screed?
    Better spelling and punctuation though...

  • Th on January 13, 2013 8:29 PM:

    Clearly if Obama does not negotiate over the debt ceiling, he must have a plan to deal with default. It is inevitable the Republicans do not raise the ceiling. At least tell me you know what to do next. I don't need a President who thinks baring his neck is the right negotiating strategy.

  • JackD on January 13, 2013 8:47 PM:

    The president does too have a plan to stop those house Republicans in their tracks; he's going to double dog dare them to refuse to lift the debt ceiling.

  • MuddyLee on January 14, 2013 8:15 AM:

    Colin Powell: not only is Palin a former governor who left her office so she could cash in on her fame, she was your party's VP nominee in 2008. Her comments about Obama and Benghazi were outrageous - and did anybody at Fox News criticize her for these comments? Of course not. What is most amazing to me is that you didn't leave the republican party after Bush/Cheney set you up for that United Nations fiasco speech (why doesn't Sen Graham ever mention that), and you still didn't leave the party after the hopelessly incompetent Palin was selected by McCain, which sort of put him in the same class. You could become an independent - why stay with the republican party?

  • FlipYrWhig on January 14, 2013 10:20 AM:

    Digby is fretful and gloomy that something bad will happen? That IS unusual, said nobody since 2002.

  • LAC on January 14, 2013 12:34 PM:

    Who is digby and why do we care what he thinks? Something tells me he came out of the womb rolling his eyes and bitching about the light.