Political Animal


January 02, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry for the brief blogging hiatus before the last post, but I had to have a long conversation with other WaMo folk about an upcoming issue of the magazine. I think you’ll be pleased with some of the ideas we are kicking around if they reach fruition.

Here are some mid-day news items:

* Hugo Chavez reportedly in an induced coma in Cuban hospital due to complications from recent cancer surgery.

* Chastened Boehner promises to move Sandy relief and recovery funding bill this month.

* And speaking of Boehner, Politico reacts to reports he dropped F-Bomb on Harry Reid by serving up photo gallery of other pols who did same.

* Robert Samuelson pitches hissy-fit over Obama’s failure to include “entitlement reform” in “cliff” legislation. Cheer up, Robert: you can now keep writing that same column indefinitely!

* News of Hillary Clinton’s health condition mostly positive.

And in non-political news:

* Fun—and sometimes scary—photos from yesterday’s college football bowl games.

Back in a couple of jiffies.

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.


  • mk3872 on January 02, 2013 2:12 PM:

    If Robert Samuelson, or anyone else for that matter, wanted entitlement cuts, they should have just accepted Obama's last offer.

    The GOP could have received their coveted SS benefits cuts, but were too obstinate to accept even that.

    And idiots like Samuelson in his story, pretend that Obama didn't make such offers and completely let the GOP off the hook ... again.

  • Josef K on January 02, 2013 2:25 PM:

    Chastened Boehner promises to move Sandy relief and recovery funding bill this month.

    Any word yet on whether he'll still have a leadership position after tomorrow?

  • Alan Tomlinson on January 02, 2013 3:00 PM:

    This just in: US football is still an incredibly stupid, violent and asinine sport. Also breaking: people who watch US football tend to be have the intellectual development of a 12-year-old. Film at 11.


    Alan Tomlinson

  • Gandalf on January 02, 2013 3:24 PM:

    Gee Alan Tomlinson tell us how you relly feel.

  • j on January 02, 2013 3:36 PM:

    As always the republicans are wringing their hands about the debt and saying that we cannot afford entitlement programs, none have mentioned how we can afford two unfunded wars, the entirety of Bush tax cuts and a drug program that is not allowed to negotiate for lower drug prices, add to that the fact that they (during Bush years) inherited a surplus and still they bankrupted the country.
    How about the trillions the pentagon 'lost', have they traced that and have we had an enquiry?

  • jim filyaw on January 02, 2013 5:34 PM:

    btw: robert samuelson has been writing the same column (repeal social socurity! repeal medicare! or the country goes to hell!) since day one.