Political Animal


February 06, 2013 5:41 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Things did not get better for the Georgia Bulldogs on National Signing Day, but ESPN still rated its class tenth nationally. SEC dominated as usual; SEC teams had six of the top ten classes, 9 of the top 20, 11 of the top 30.

So enough of football for a good while; here are today’s political news remainders:

* Rubio set to give bilingual GOP response to SOTU Address. How much you think Bobby Jindal would pay for a second chance?

* In other 2016 news, Rand Paul lays out national security “vision” at Heritage, endorses aggressive non-interventionism, or belligerent neutrality, or something.

* Latest excuse for delay in committee confirmation vote on Hagel: Republican senators demanding details on paid foreign speeches, hinting at “undue influence.” Fishing trip?

* At Ten Miles Square, New Yorker Jamie Malanowski assesses the mixed legacy of Ed Koch.

* At College Guide, John Sides notes that one policy particular Eric Cantor did endorse in his barren AEI speech yesterday was an end to federally-funded social science research.

And in non-political news:

* Essay on Spuds Mackenzie and the decline of brand mascots.

So to end this long day, here’s more of the Honeycombs, with a mid-60s tune that could have easily been on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack: “Can’t Get Through To You.”


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.


  • TomParmenter on February 06, 2013 6:02 PM:

    Surely a lefty political blog could make something of "Have I the Right?"


    PS - I see by the internet that the drummer's name is Honey and she was a hairdresser, hence the group's name.

  • dp on February 06, 2013 6:13 PM:

    "Enough of football for a good while"? Blasphemy! Spring practice is right around the corner!

  • T2 on February 06, 2013 6:18 PM:

    Is Rubio planning to give the speech in Spanish and have it interpreted to English? I doubt it, from what I hear, the guy isn't fluent in Spanish. If he speaks in English and has it interpreted to Spanish.....well, anybody could do it that way.

  • emjayay on February 06, 2013 6:25 PM:

    A Republican speech in English and Spanish is likely to impress some Hispanics a bit, and really really grind the gears of a lot of Republicans, particularly the Tea Party types.

  • Val on February 06, 2013 6:52 PM:

    The Honeycombs on this piece sound a bit like Captqin Beefheart circa Safe as Milk. Any chance Ry Cooder is playing guitar on this cut?

  • charles pierce on February 06, 2013 9:34 PM:

    And the Mark Richt Death Watch begins anew...

  • Peter Hochstein on February 06, 2013 9:51 PM:

    Re the advertgising mascots piece: The author mourned the absence of mascots, muttering on and on and on, and then at the very end sort of remembered the Geico Gekko and the Aflack duck, which is kind of like complaining that America has never had a great president and then at the last minute giving a kissoff mention to Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan, pick your own nominee.

    And for no particular reason, here's an only slightly-related story: Back in the 1980s, while working at an advertising agency,I invented a flying "Supermoose" for a heavily sugared kids' cereal. The moose was a crime-fighting klutz, who'd not look where he was flying, crash into lamp post, and fall to the street, incidentally crushing some villains, before going home to eat some more crunchy sweet cereal. The idea got shot down by the cereal brand manager. And not because of the crunchy sweet part.

    "I don't want a stupid moose representing my brand!" he huffed.

    You can't make this stuff up.

  • karen marie on February 07, 2013 2:20 PM:

    Twelve seconds into that song I understand why I never heard of this group, even though I was of a sentient age when they cut this record.