Political Animal


January 15, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Still plan some posts on other articles in the latest issue of the Monthly. But you should get ahead of me by reading them yourself!

In the meantime, here are some mid-day morsels:

* Schumer endorses Hagel, indicating support from strongly pro-Israel Democrats; Boxer probably next after Hagel apologizes for “Jewish Lobby” comment.

* Salon’s Kornacki profiles Democratic enablers of NRA on gun policy—particularly Harry Reid.

* TAP’s Abby Rapoport notes five more states that will see an effort this year to legalize same-sex marriage.

* Amanda Marcotte reports on SBA List’s efforts to teach anti-choice pols how to talk about rape.

* Dave Weigel reports Club for Growth’s efforts to stop or offset Sandy funding in House not getting much traction.

And in non-political news:

* Wal-Mart to make pledge to give job to any veteran asking for one within a year of leaving active duty.

Back after a few bites.

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.


  • Dairy Queen on January 15, 2013 3:04 PM:

    This year, activists are looking to run that number up, waging legislative battles in five key states: Illinois, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Minnesota, and Delaware.

    Rhode Island and Delaware are "key" states?

  • John Drabble on January 15, 2013 3:28 PM:

    WalMart is promising returning Veterans jobs paying less than a living wage with no benefits. Who can say that WalMart doesn't support our troops.

  • gelfling545 on January 15, 2013 3:28 PM:

    This would be one of those wonderful non-full time Walmart jobs that doesn't pay enough to live on withour food stamps.

  • John Drabble on January 15, 2013 3:30 PM:


    Great minds think alike and, apparently, live by the same clock.

  • emjayay on January 15, 2013 7:14 PM:

    Way to go WalMart. Like any veteran who isn't obviously insane couldn't have gotten a job at WalMart anyway.

    By the way, federal hiring regulations tilted so far toward veterans about two years ago that in most cases any veteran with something like the basic qualifications for any federal job will get that job over all qualified applicants with years of experience and training and more qualifications for that job, even many years of federal job experience and training in that same job.

  • Federal Offense on January 15, 2013 7:18 PM:

    Yep. Fire breathing flatulent knuckle dragging Republicans needing guidance to learn deceptive lexicon for more acceptable rape talk.
    Who was it that called it the stinky little orthodoxies of authoritarianism--that is in my brain tonight.