Political Animal


January 11, 2013 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m still shaking my head over the comments of Georgia congressman Phil Gingrey on “legitimate rape.” You have to appreciate he represents not only my home state but the area where I lived during high school, and where my in-laws live now. And he’s not even remotely the most outlandish extremist in the Georgia House Delegation: that would be Rep. Paul Broun, Jr., who represents the area where I went to law school. Maybe it’s time to write What’s the Matter With Georgia?

Anyway, here are some non-Georgia mid-day news morsels:

* Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) all but tells colleague Shelly Moore Capito she’d better toe right-wing line on debt limit or he’ll primary her for the Senate.

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis skewers WaPo editorial board for its “confused” anti-Hagel campaign.

* Slate’s Dave Weigel reports on stale and discredited “partial default” proposals kicking around conservative circles.

* TAP’s Abby Rapoport discusses bipartisan revolt against high-stakes standardized tests in Texas, one of the country’s most hard-core testing states.

* Paul Krugman argues debt limit threats essentially ask Obama to break law by failing to borrow to cover debt when borrowing has already been authorized by Congress.

And in non-political news:

* Destiny’s Child reportedly reuniting for Superbowl half-time show.

Back after a quick lunch of curds and whey.

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.


  • T2 on January 11, 2013 2:56 PM:

    one of the lasting and serious problems, often overlooked, with GOP Crazies like Gingrey is that they end up chairing important House committees that write legislation that could affect us all.

  • hoi polloi on January 11, 2013 3:26 PM:

    The fact that they cannot stop talking about "legitimate" rape is indicative of how important they must feel the argument is to the abortion debate. If rape cannot cause pregnancy then the exemption is unnecessary, or so the argument goes. Why is this so important to these guys?

  • Doug on January 11, 2013 3:38 PM:

    "Why is this so important to these guys?" hoi polloi @ 3:26 PM

    If a woman "says" she was raped, but still conceives, then obviously she's lying and she WASN'T raped! She's just a slut trying to get some "innocent" young man who can't keep his zipper closed in trouble...