Political Animal


February 14, 2013 5:44 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Well, I hope everyone reading this has someone to love, up close or afar, on this Valentine’s Day, or can at least remember or hope for it.

Here are some final news/views items:

* Some good weekly economic indicators out, FWIW.

* After weeks of being coy, Lautenberg announces retirement. Corey Booker already in race to succeed him; Frank Pallone could soon challenge him.

* The Atlantic’s Matthew O’Brien shows Rubio a captive of “terribly wrong” Say’s Law.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rhiannon Kirkland exposes the emptiness of Obama claim of “transparency” in counter-terrorism efforts.

* At College Guide, Richard Vedder equally unimpressed with Obama’s college reform pledges in SOTU Address.

And in non-political news:

* In case you’re staying home for Valentine’s Day and are thinking of watching a movie, here’s a list of 14 romantic comedies to avoid.

And if you are alone, here’s Joe Jackson again to sympathize with “Hit Single.”


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 February 15, 2013 7:19 AM:

    Yo Ed,

    Could you devote a piece every day that highlights what the conservatives are writing. That would save us from having to wade through all of the nonsense (!). We should know what their view of reality is.

    Not looking so much for the thoughts from the lunatic fringe or the castaways (Frum, Bartlett), but looking for the voices that many conservatives look toward for wisdom and reality (!!??).