Political Animal


January 16, 2013 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Back on my boring diet, which has everything I need other than the joyful experience of eating. The mandatory ten glasses of water each day is a thrill, though.

Here are some more savory mid-day bites for readers:

* Hilarious post by TBogg of FDL on the Wall Street Journal’s depiction of the grim life of people earning $650k a year.

* Alas, my pastor Dan Paul will not be delivering the benediction at Obama’s Inauguration. But the substitute chosen by the Inaugural Committee, Rev. Luis Leon of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, sounds fine.

* TPM’s Josh Marshall calls the NRA “a disease on the body politic.” Stop being so equivocal and tell us what you really think, Josh.

* In another act of rhetorical restraint, Whole Foods CEO changes mind, now calls Obamacare “fascism” rather than “socialism.”

* New PPP survey shows Florida Gov. Rick Scott with a richly earned 33/57 approval/disapproval rating. Potential Dem opponent and former Gov. Charlie Crist in slightly better shape at 70/16.

* Al Qaeda-affiliated Algerian group claims it’s taken 41 foreign hostages, including 7 Americans (with three other foreigners killed) in response to Algerian government’s cooperation with French intervention in Mali.

And in non-political news:

* Chip Kelly flip-flops, now leaving Oregon Ducks for Philadelphia Eagles.

Back after the next unsatisfying meal.

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.


  • Lee Gibson on January 16, 2013 2:03 PM:

    In my opinion, the NRA should be classed as a terrorist organizantion. That'll never happen, of course. But it should.

  • Gandalf on January 16, 2013 2:53 PM:

    Man if that wsj depiction isn't satire then there's something seriosly askewed in this country.

  • Shane Taylor on January 16, 2013 3:29 PM:

    Also, tying together two of today's posts, I'd also recommend:

    The Real Origin of America's Gun Culture

    Historian Carole Emberton argues, "the current debate over gun control owes more to the Civil War Era than the American Revolution."

  • Anonymous on January 16, 2013 4:36 PM:

    Good job, Whole Foods CEO. I wonder if my hubby will keep buying your coffee.

    Good job, Chip Kelly. Way to break Duck fans' hearts. (Fine with me, I went to the "other" big university in Oregon.)

    Rev. Leon sounds great, but my gosh, he was born in CUBA. Are we sure he isn't a communist? At least that's what the wingnuts will claim.

  • Doug on January 16, 2013 6:41 PM:

    re the difference between approval ratings for Scott and Christ.

    "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone..."
    (can't recall who sang it)