Political Animal


January 24, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Onto day nine of second cycle of eleven-day diets; everything takes like sludge. What I get for letting go for so long.

At any rate, though “lunch” is not an appealing prospect, here are some mid-day goodies for your own consumption:

* Per WaPo’s Greg Sargent, very good sign for Obama’s gun agenda: Joe Manchin endorses universal background checks.

* Brent Budowsky says Rand Paul’s “I’d fire you” comment to HRC was like “a little league coach suggesting he would have fired Babe Ruth.”

* Former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White nominated to head up Securities & Exchange Commission.

* Al Gore’s net worth estimated at $300 million. Who knew?

* Weigel reports Tom Harkin damning filibuster deal with the faintest of praise.

And in non-political news:

* Voice of Charlie Brown on Peanuts TV specials arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend, threatening injury to dog (profoundly hope he’s not named “Snoopy”).

Back after a reasonably short 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.


  • Anonymous on January 24, 2013 2:44 PM:

    Senator Ron Johnson (Idiot, WI) was back at it this morning at John Kerry's confirmation hearing on the same garbage SOS Clinton slapped him down on yesterday. Kerry asked Johnson if he had been at the "briefing with the tapes" that "made it crystal clear" exactly what had happened. "No" was the answer. Oh great, you're asking questions about things you should have been briefed about but weren't (why didn't he go?) - therefore you are uninformed... so you show yourself to be incompetent. Kerry was statesmanlike while Johnson showed himself to be unqualified for his office.

    Later, Sen. McCain (dementia, AZ) started out by saying "Americans do care" that they were "misled" by Susan Rice, that they do care why four Americans were murdered, he said that the president hadn't called it a terrorist attack. Good lord.

    On the positive side of the hearing, Kerry made a strong argument toward addressing climate change in energy and renewables.

  • Kathryn on January 24, 2013 3:58 PM:

    Anonymous, thanks for the giggles with your accurate denoting of the states which Johnson and McCain represent. I wonder which Sunday Talk Shows will feature these two on Sunday? Without a doubt there are thousands of Americans who toss and turn nightly because Ambassador Rice provided the Intelligence community's assessment of the tragedy in
    Benghazi accurately, at that date. Everybody surely knows how problem free it is to get precise, accurate information from a country with a new government after decades of being ruled by a dictator a couple of days after the deadly incident, just ask Sen. Johnson, all you have to do is give them a call. If that doesn't work, World Net Daily, Sean Hannity, and assorted bloggers can fill in the blanks, no need to go to those boring briefings.

  • mrs. j on January 24, 2013 10:26 PM:

    Carl Bernstein, well known Watergate investigative journalist, was on Morning Joe, and noted that both Rand Paul and Ron Johnson are such meager, meaningless people, such mediocre individuals who have accomplished nothing in their lives, as opposed to Hillary Clinton, who has been First Lady, an accomplished New York Senator, and Secretary of State for the past four years. They are meaningless in comparison. A joke.

    It was great. And I agreed. Rand Paul is a stupid show boat and Johnson is a kook owned by the Koch Brothers.
    They make me sick.

  • Vicente Fox on January 25, 2013 4:43 PM: