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February 11, 2013 5:59 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Tomorrow night, God help me, I’ll be live-blogging the SOTU, when I could have been at my church participating in the Protestant version of Mardi Gras: Pancakes and Karaoke!

While you envision that scenario, here are some day-end items to feast upon:

* National Journal’s Ben Terris reflects on the congressional obsession of securing a SOTU aisle seat.

* New York Times editorial warns against quiet GOP strangling of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whose crucial mission was explained by John Gravois here.

* Oh brother: Wingnut Rep. Steve Stockman gives SOTU gallery ticket to Ted Nugent.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys calls for honest discussion about capacities of superannuated pols.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer defends the educational value of higher math.

And in non-political news:

* New Orleans braves crazy weather for Mardi Gras.

To end this day, here’s more Tom Lehrer, this time mocking not-so-brave folksingers.


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.


  • Kathryn on February 11, 2013 6:15 PM:

    I thought that wing nut traitor Nugent was supposed to be dead or in jail if Pres. Obama was re-elected, what happened. They better strip search him before they let him anywhere near POTUS. My sympathies to anyone who happens to be sane and loves in Texas.

  • T2 on February 11, 2013 7:15 PM:

    He will do a "liar" for sure. They better put a cop next to him.

  • TulsaTime on February 11, 2013 9:11 PM:

    I think it would be splendid if the nug was denied admission, or better yet if he was removed during the speech. It would give the world a new focus in this time when brave gun owners and proud patriotic draft dodgers are brow beaten for speaking out like the RACISTS they are.

  • max on February 11, 2013 11:06 PM:

    Tomorrow night, God help me, Iíll be live-blogging the SOTU

    And I appreciate it, since that sort of thing spares me from having to pay any attention.

    Oh, and as for an earlier post, Rove 'taking on' the Tea Party by taunting accomplishes lots of things: it takes the blame off him for 2012, it makes the Tea Party mad which means more money for everybody, and it gives the billionaires an excuse to keep giving him money.

    Total misdirection play. (One notes that the Tea Party was how the R's were going to respond to 2008, and that obviously didn't work out as well as hoped. Forward!... er, Onward!)

    ['Of course, if Hillary runs and crushes the new "moderate" they put up in 2016, Karl's going to have to come up with a new schtick but hey, he's a BS merchant anyways. No shortage of BS, so that's not a problem.']

  • tko on February 12, 2013 4:50 AM:

    I see the Consumer Protection Agency is getting screwed by Republicancers by means of the filibuster. Isn't that the thing douche bag, Reid the Weed, was gonna reform so Republicancers can't further subvert our government. Oh, wait, Reid sold out and didn't deliver once again. Yeah, the problem really is the Republicancers, even the ones with a "D" after their name.

  • Marc on February 12, 2013 9:49 AM:

    Perhaps the Tea Party should have Nugent do the reply-reply?