Political Animal


January 12, 2013 9:15 AM Wake-Up Call

By Adele Stan

Good morning, animals! It’s so great to be back with you this weekend, thanks to the kind offices of Brother Kilgore.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been having, here in your nation’s capital, what is known as a “slow news week,” something reporters are wont to whine about. What this actually means is that there has been none of the kind of news that gets journos’ adrenaline pumping. There has, however been plenty of the kind of news that matters to actual humans.

Women, for instance, might be interested to know that yet another woman, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, submitted her resignation just as President Obama’s cabinet is looking ever more pale and male.

And it’s not like the appointment of a new Treasury secretary is terribly important in the midst of a recession as great as this one is said to be. Alas, Obama did not take the recommendation of Political Animal’s Kathleen Geier to nominate Sheila Bair, the former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Instead, he nominated his chief of staff, Jack Lew, which Paul Krugman says might be okay.

Then there was that little kerfuffle about the president having invited an anti-gay preacher to deliver the benediction at his second inauguration. Ho hum.

Not even the subsequent right-wing freak-out over the pastor’s removal from the program, once ThinkProgress outed his queer-baiting quotes, could summon a rise out of the commentariat.

The Drudge report compared Obama to Hitler and Stalin after Vice President Joe Biden had a litte tete-a-tete with leaders of the National Rifle Association. Yawn.

And the leader of the nation in which the U.S. is mired in quag received assurances of a fast-tracking of a promised troop draw-down, even as sectarian terrorism took the lives of 86 people in synchronized attacks in Pakistan. Now where was I?

You see, what Washington reporters mean when they say it’s been a slow news week is that no one who’s career they covered has been fired or caught in a sex scandal. There’s been no big massacre of innocents on U.S. soil, and no one beloved by the press corps has passed away.

And all those stories I’ve listed above? Bo-ring.

Be back once I’ve gotten my coffee.


  • Jarrod Myrick on January 12, 2013 10:11 AM:

    Bernie Sandersize the Democrat Party. #primarybluestates

  • c u n d gulag on January 12, 2013 10:39 AM:

    Good morning, Adele!
    Great to have you back.

    And how can we blame the members of our cowardly, compliant, and/or complicit MSM for not getting excited about anything in this past weeks news?

    After the results of the recent Triple Crown President Election horse race, brought to you by the 5 or 6 companies that own the MSM and covered it to the exclusion of everything else; and the most recent epidode of "The Adventures of President Dudley Do-Nothing-The-Right-Likes" movie serial, where Dudly Obama saved Fiscal Penelope from the cliff, and knowing that Snidely Whiplash (R-Tea Party) will tie her to the debt ceiling train-tracks in a few weeks in the upcoming exciting sequel, what is Villager life right now, but a huge 'ho-hum,' chronicling the mundane - like cabinet changes, and wars that morped into occupations, and are now shaping up as troop draw-downs and eventually into withdrawals?

    Where's the sex?
    The sizzle?
    The 'Ha-cha-cha-cha-cha?'

    They'd sell their souls for an Obama scandal!

    Maybe it's time to blow the dust off of Solyndra and Benghazi - again?
    Raise enough of a ruckus, and a maybe Special Prosecutor might magically appear.
    And who knows where THAT may lead?
    Maybe a stain on a dress?
    Or, better yet, a pair of pants!
    Now, wouldn't that liven things up in the sleepy Ol' Village!!!

  • Anonymous on January 12, 2013 10:51 AM:

    Shela Blair is an Austerity Now! supporter. Pushing her for Treasury Secretary would be a case of submitting someone awful for the job just because she is a woman. Isn't that what we are supposed to be working to avoid?

  • kevo on January 12, 2013 11:05 AM:

    A whole lot of news to report, for an educated electorate, or a 4th estate committed to edifying a public regarding the effect of political machinations complete with a short list of suspects!

    But alas, that takes blood, sweat and tears, and our Village Press is merely whoring for P.T. Barnum type profits that come with not underestimating the stupidity of those who sit for too many hours a day in front of the TV machine!

    Next up: Obama's Funniest Videos! -Kevo

  • Adele Stan on January 12, 2013 11:24 AM:

    Anonymous-- While I'm agnostic on the notion of Sheila Bair for Treasury, I don't think it fair to call her a supporter of "Austerity Now!"

    Here's what she told Frontline in June:

    FRONTLINE: What would be the single most important step lawmakers could take to better protect the economy?
    BAIR: Speaking for myself … I think Congress, and this administration, for elected political leadership, I think the best place that they can focus their attention is on our fiscal problems. This doesn’t mean we need austerity right now. But it does mean that businesses and households need to know what the long-term game plan is. Businesses need to know what the tax code is going to look like. Households do too. People are retiring now; they need to know what’s going on with Medicare and Social Security. Are benefits going to be reduced? Are premiums going to be raised? Workers need to know what’s going to happen with the payroll tax.

    Bair's concern with the fiscal situation sees to be her worries about the U.S.'s standing with investors -- the people who finance our debt.

  • MuddyLee on January 12, 2013 11:37 AM:

    Adele - how about the Kathleen Parker article in washpo about gun regulation? A conservative being reasonable? Also how about Luntz and his article on the language the repubs are using to alienate people - is it just the language or is it actually what they believe? Why so much "all or nothing" thinking on the part of conservatives? You even see popup ads on this site saying "Obama wants to BAN guns" - do they think having speed limits is the first step toward banning cars?

  • Linkmeister on January 12, 2013 1:26 PM:

    what Washington reporters mean when they say it’s been a slow news week is that no one who’s career they covered has been fired or caught in a sex scandal.
    Such cynicism, and at such a young age, too!