Political Animal


January 09, 2013 1:50 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Didn’t expect to do two posts on Richard Nixon, but then I didn’t realize when I woke up this morning that it was the centennial of that strange man’s birth. Take what you can get. Here are some mid-day news and views:

* Unsurprisingly, White House chief of staff and former OMB director Jack Lew to succeed Geithner at Treasury.

* Senate Republicans lay plans to hold up confirmations of Lew, Brennan, and whoever is nominated to head EPA.

* Times publishes fascinating and very wide-ranging open Q&A with Nate Silver.

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent reports first wave of business-leader warnings to GOP about dangers of debt default.

* Paul Mulshine of Star-Ledger discusses fight against Hagel as sign of Neo-con resurgence in GOP.

And in sorta non-political news, here’s the headline of the day, from Buzzfeed’s Amy Odell: “DC Sex Workers Prepare for Huge Influx of Inauguration Partiers.”

Back after a brief diet lunch of disgustingly healthy fare.

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.


  • Walker on January 09, 2013 2:22 PM:

    Uh, the Times piece is an abbreviated transcript of his Reddit IAmA session.

  • esaud on January 09, 2013 3:13 PM:

    Drum had an interesting post as an add-on to his big lead article:


    Read it if you want your blood to boil. Short story: Back in the 20's Pierre DuPont know that both (harmless) ethanol and (deadly poisonous) and tetraethyl lead stopped engine knock. He couldn't patent ethenol, but could, TEL. So he chose TEL because he could make more money from it.

    Remember this the next time a Randite tells you how all we have to do is get the government out of the way and let the Galts of this world take charge.

  • T2 on January 09, 2013 3:31 PM:

    face it, Republicans lay plans to obstruct ANYTHING Obama does.

  • Whippet Good on January 09, 2013 3:36 PM:

    The article on the rethugs laying plans to fight pretty much all of Obama's nominations is absolutely disgusting. The quote from the dimwit Johanns from NE blaming the president for "picking a fight" with his nominees makes me want to scream. Is he supposed to get all the TP loons on board before he nominates people for his cabinet, or to judge posts? And what are all these EPA regulations they have their knickers in a twist over? It's so much better to just let industry self regulate because clean water isn't really all that important, and you know, FREEDOM!

  • meady on January 09, 2013 4:06 PM:

    From the Politco article about the Lew appt:

    Several Republicans said Tuesday they don't view Lew as a man interested in hearing GOP concerns. One aide called him "tone deaf" in understanding the compromises that Republicans could accept during high-stakes talks.

    Yes, when the GOP "compromise" metaphorically is to cut off the right arm to deal with a hangnail on the small toe of the left foot, every rational thinker is tone deaf to GOP concerns. There may be a time in the future when the GOP will bring up valid points, but they have so poisoned the environment with deliberately dishonest, uninformed, immature, unhelpful ideas which most importantly have very little to do with the issue at hand; it will be a long time before their concerns can be considered seriously.

  • Doug on January 09, 2013 4:06 PM:

    re nominations:
    If nothing else, those Tbaggers formerly known as Republicans are making Majority Leader Reid's case with any recalcitrant Democratic Senators for reforming the filibuster.
    I'm not sending any thank you's, however...