Political Animal


January 14, 2013 2:03 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Running a little late today thanks to preoccupation with the new issue of the magazine, but here are some mid-day news snacks:

* Paul Krugman offers his take on the self-styled “problem solvers.”

* Here’s full WaPo account of Obama’s press conference this morning.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn provides insights on Obama’s debt limit strategy now that platinum coins and the “14th Amendment option” are firmly off the table.

* Conservative columnist Matt Lewis pursues “corporate cronyism” argument about administration’s budding alliance on guns with Wal-Mart.

* Napolitano to stick around as Secretary of DHS, one of the more thankless jobs in the federal government.

* At TAP, Scott Lemieux sums up the liberal case against John Brennan’s nomination to head up CIA.

And in sorta kinda non-political news:

* Andrew Sullivan goes after Jody Foster’s “narcissistic and self-loving” Golden Globe speech with a ball-peen hammer.

Back to blogging within the hour.

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.


  • exlibra on January 14, 2013 2:35 PM:

    * Andrew Sullivan goes after Jody Foster’s “narcissistic and self-loving” Golden Globe speech with a ball-peen hammer.

    Funny, that. I didn't watch -- couldn't care less about such shows (or TV in general) -- but all of my female FB friends who did watch were raving. Without exception. Even those who admitted they didn't understand what the heck she was talking about were enthusiastic, and writing -- in all capitals, yet! -- "you go, Jodie!". So, perhaps, it's one of those Venus/Mars things?

    "process isartna". Not sure I agree with Craptcha; sometimes, the process *is* art.

  • FlipYrWhig on January 14, 2013 2:46 PM:

    Andrew Sullivan finding someone narcissistic and self-loving is like John Yoo being concerned that the president has too much power.

  • schtick on January 14, 2013 2:48 PM:

    Sullivan hates Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson. So what?

  • Tom Levenson on January 14, 2013 3:37 PM:

    Not getting out of the boat, but if the criteria are narcissism and self-love, I'd say Sullivan should avoid mirrors for a while -- a long while.

  • MaryRC on January 14, 2013 4:24 PM:

    I see Sullivan's point. I wasn't impressed by Jodie Foster's speech. it would have resonated better with me had she not mocked those of her colleagues who have come out publicly. I didn't see the point of that at all. It's one thing to claim a need for privacy in one's personal life as an excuse for not coming out of the closet. It's another to sneer at other celebrities who were brave enough to tell the world they were gay, and imply that they were motivated by the desire to sell perfume or have their own reality show.