Political Animal


January 31, 2013 1:45 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Straw man furiously burning on Fox News right now: allowing women into combat roles means they may someday be drafted!

Here are some mid-day news-and-views morsels:

* Example of why late editing a good idea: WaPo reports upcoming book from VA gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli includes language very similar to Romney’s “47%” gaffe.

* National Review editors break w/ Rubio, oppose comprehensive immigration reform, partly on grounds that GOP will never win Latino vote.

* At The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf gives conservatives very low scores on their comprehension of popular culture.

* Slate’s Dave Weigel gives Chuck Hagel low scores on his handling of predictable questions in early phase of his confirmation hearings.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn argues for smarter gun regulations based on better knowledge of gun markets and weapon technology.

And in non-political news:

* All Nippon Airlines suing Boeing for costs associated with grounding of 787s.

Back after some household chores.

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 31, 2013 2:18 PM:

    Women would and should be drafted if we bring back draft itself. Other countries do it.
    They will either enter military service or civic duty.

    Guys are still automatically added to the selective service (if you are 18 to 30-something i think?) so why not females?

  • c u n d gulag on January 31, 2013 2:26 PM:

    Yes, we need to go back to the draft.

    And women should be eligible for the draft.

    That'll be TWICE as many people who won't want our politicians to get into some needless and wasteful conflict!
    And, even MORE parents!

    If there was a draft, does anyone thing we'd have gone into Afghanistan and Iraq?
    Ok, maybe Afghanistan - but with existing troops and Special Forces.

    If W and Cheney had to draft men and women for Bush's Follies, they'd either not have gone in, or, been voted out of office in 2004, if the had.

  • j on January 31, 2013 4:24 PM:

    What cundgulag said!

  • Steve on January 31, 2013 7:17 PM:

    Women definitely should be drafted.

    In fact, I'd favor an all female draft until the number of female dead and wounded meets or exceeds that of all the males who have died, been dismembered, or been damaged with brain injuries and PTSD.

    I mean, fair's fair.

    Either that or we could stop having stupid, pointless wars.

    I'm not holding my breath either way.

  • evodevo on January 31, 2013 7:32 PM:

    Re: Slate’s Dave Weigel gives Chuck Hagel low scores on his handling of predictable questions in early phase of his confirmation hearings :
    I, too, was disappointed in Hagel's performance today - doesn't he have a staff or something to prep him? Most of the GOPers questions could have been parried satisfactorily with, you know, actual facts, like "No, senator, the surge DIDN'T actually work, and these are the reasons 1..2..3, etc." You would think if you were going up for SecDef you would bone up better than he seemed to have. I could have done a better job just off the top of my head, and I'm certainly no expert.