Political Animal


January 22, 2013 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Afraid I’ve been battling the same cold or flu that’s hit so much of the country. So if I begin blogging a bit later in the morning this week it’s probably because I’m emerging from a NyQuil-induced sleep torpor into a DayQuil-sustained conscious haze. Ryan Cooper’s on call to take over PA temporarily if I’m suddenly incapacitated.

Anyway, here are some mid-day news-and-views bites:

* At The Corner, Roger Kimball compares Obama’s inaugural address to Chamberlain’s Munich number. But wait, Roger: If Obama’s Chamberlain, he can’t be Hitler, too, can he?

* Speaking of which: Ohio State Board of Education president Debe Terhar defends using photo of Hitler to illustrate her Facebook post objecting to Obama’s gun proposals.

* Second amendment absolutists encouraging New Yorkers to defy new law requiring registration of assault weapons, and basically say “Come and get us, coppers!”

* Some who were pleased by Obama climate change remarks in inaugural address say commitment will be tested by his decision on Keystone XL.

* Via Dave Weigel, Virginia analyst Ben Tribbett suggests sneak re-redistricting, if it stands, could produce not only a GOP majority in the state Senate, but a super-majority.

And in non-political news:

* Big bad winter storm may be in store for midwest and northeast by week’s end.

Back after a medication break.

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.


  • c u n d gulag on January 22, 2013 2:09 PM:

    Feel better, Ed!

    Try some hot tea with spiced rum, or bourbon, sugar and lemon, and a pinch of cayenne.

    I'm not saying it'll help the cold/flu, just that you'll care less - and that's if you remember having one, after a couple.

  • Tigershark on January 22, 2013 2:20 PM:

    Ed, I'm with c u; instead of the NyQuil, try a shot of Irish or Scotch or Bourbon in your coffee or hot chocolate. Same thing, taste better and same results.

    Get well.

  • Gandalf on January 22, 2013 2:21 PM:

    Pretty sad when someone who's in charge of a state's education doesn't even have the slightest clue about history i.e. comparing Obama to Hitler for wanting stricter controls on guns. The gun controls in Germany were instituted well before Hitler came to power right after WW1. Of course if your a conservative ,which I believe Debe Tehar is, Then facts just don't matter.

  • Mitch on January 22, 2013 2:35 PM:

    Hey, look, another shooting:


    Boy, I am shocked. -.-

    Ah, well, it's probably just another conspiracy to take our guns.

  • exlibra on January 22, 2013 3:35 PM:

    @Mitch. Obviously, one of the gunmen was a "good guy" (probably the one that escaped) and the other a "bad guy" -- perfectly fitting the scenario that LaPierre envisioned for all our educational institutions. The guy who had a heart attack was just a wuss. The students who got hit in cross fire... well, you can't make omelets, etc.

    @Ed. I'm with gulag and Tigershark; nothing beats a cold faster than a stiff one (I like cognac/brandy, myself), followed by a super-hot shower, followed by a hot tea with lemon, in bed. As good as NyQuil, and doesn't require a followup of the DayQuill.

  • JR on January 22, 2013 3:58 PM:

    Kilgore, I do hope that Midwest storm materializes. Despite arctic temps as this week begins, Chicago has seen no measurable snow in nearly a year. Our farmers need that snow pack!

  • Barbara on January 22, 2013 4:35 PM:

    I think the last thing I would ever do while armed with a gun of any kind is dare a NYC policeman to shoot me, that is, unless I was looking for a way to commit suicide and still let my family collect life insurance. I probably wouldn't even need to be armed . . .

  • Mrs. J on January 23, 2013 8:47 AM:

    Dread the east coast snow/ice and I-95. Am in South Carolina needing to return to Pennsylvania.

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