Political Animal


January 18, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

* Daniel Drezner makes the abundantly good point that if holding the debt limit hostage is a bad idea now, it will be a bad idea a few months down the road.

* Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith reports that the insane theory the administration engineered the Newtown massacre to build support for gun regulation is going viral in the wingnutosphere.

* Gallup finds 61% of self-identified Republicans favor abolition of the Electoral College. This should be reported to GOP pols trying to keep the College and then rig it.

* Paul Krugman argues federal deficits won’t be a serious problem for decades—unless we fail to take actions to spur economic recovery.

* Mickey Kaus shows signs of getting obsessive about bashing Ezra Klein. Methinks this will turn out about as well for Mickey as his Senate campaign.

* Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin indicted on 21 corruption charges.

And in non-political news:

* Chinese e-commerce billionaire steps down from CEO position because he’s “too old” to run internet-focused business at 48. This makes me laugh bitterly.

Back to blogging after my bitter laughter subsides.

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.


  • Gandalf on January 18, 2013 2:35 PM:

    Every day I think the republicans or someone of there ilk can't possibly do or say something as incredibly douche bag like as the day before and then inevitably they do it. Pushing the debt ceiling kabuki dance three months down the road is like watching reruns the worst tv program you can think of. Sweet Jesus those republicans are assholes.

  • Russell aboard M/V Sunshine on January 18, 2013 4:14 PM:

    Has Mickey Kaus' writing deteriorated to the point where the only place he cam be published in The Daily Caller? How far the mighty contrarian has fallen. Sad. Just Sad.