Political Animal


January 28, 2013 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

It’s been a relatively quiet morning political-news-wise. But here’s what I got in the way of mid-day items:

* Politico’s Dylan Byers offers a mixed-bag review of the newly relaunched New Republic.

* Alabama GOP congressman introduces constitutional amendment making failure to balance federal budget an impeachable offense for presidents.

* Barone sets up then burns down straw man of Republican “annihilation.”

* Boys Scouts may end ban on gay scouts and scout leaders as early as next week. Atta-boys.

* Michelle Malkin goes wordily postal on GOP involvement in new Senate “shamnesty” proposal.

And in non-political news:

* Sporting News ranks all 46 Super Bowls in terms of fan appeal.

Back after some quick work on a book review.

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 28, 2013 2:05 PM:

    There's something about Michelle Malkin that gives me the shivers. I bet havuing sex with her would be like doing it with a wolverine.

  • Zorro on January 28, 2013 2:13 PM:

    * Alabama GOP congressman introduces constitutional amendment making failure to balance federal budget an impeachable offense for presidents.

    I'm going to presume that the Distinguished Gentleman from Alabama has never read that part of the US Constitution that specifically gives power of the purse to the Congress, and not the President.

    But, then, that would probably require the Distinguished Gentleman to be capable of reading, wouldn't it?


  • boatboy_srq on January 28, 2013 3:11 PM:



    I'm wondering how this would have affected Saint Ronnie's "Star Wars" SDI and other efforts (we already know how budgets/treaties spawned Iran/Contra), or George "Deficits Don't Matter" Bush's two wars, Medicare D and assorted tax cuts.

    Oh, and FSM forbid that the budget would ever show a surplus with this law in place: seems the GOTea doesn't understand that a balanced budget doesn't pay down the federal debt. Oh, right; that means they can still use the debt as a cudgel against future Dems...

    OTOH, if the Prez is on the hook to balance the budget, and Congress can't manage that themselves, doesn't this equate to a line-item veto, since the Executive now has the authority to eliminate spending to keep within a balanced budget? Food for thought...

  • sick-n-effin-tired on January 28, 2013 4:38 PM:

    Malkin ...ya gotta laugh

    per the Wiki":
    Malkin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Philippine citizens Rafaela (née Perez) – a homemaker and teacher – and Apolo DeCastro Maglalang, who was then a physician-in-training.[1] Several months prior to Malkin's birth, her parents had immigrated to the United States on an employer-sponsored visa.[4] After her father finished his medical training, the family moved[5] to Absecon, New Jersey. Malkin has a younger brother.[6] She has described her parents as Reagan Republicans who were "not incredibly politically active."