Political Animal


February 21, 2013 6:16 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Running a bit late after taping an Alternet Radio appearance. Good clean fun. Anyway, here are some remainders of the day:

* Not a good sign when chairman of House Judiciary Committee denies need for “path to citizenship.”

* The Louie Gohmert Show goes on: Texas congressman says patriots need guns to resist Shariah Law.

* At TAP, Amanda Marcotte reviews conservative efforts to justify gun extremism as reflecting their deep concern about rape.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein outlines possible post-sequester “deal” that substitutes largely phony cuts for the real deal.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes Johnny Manziel’s all-online course load at Texas A&M, which may draw fresh scrutiny to the quality of online of such courses.

And in non-political news:

* Arby’s customer in North Carolina served 38-inch curly fry. Bet you could eat just one.

To end the day, here again are We Five, performing “You Let A Love Burn Out” on Hullabaloo in 1966. As a general rule, didn’t hear a lot of banjo picking on Hullabaloo.


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.


  • Mudge on February 21, 2013 6:34 PM:

    Re: Louie Gohmert. Who ya gonna shoot over Sharia law? State legislators? U.S. Congress? Judges?

  • Joe Friday on February 21, 2013 7:07 PM:

    "chairman of House Judiciary Committee denies need for 'path to citizenship'."

    Then Latinos will deny the need to vote Republican.

    As Congressman Joaquin Castro put it during this past Sunday's Meet the Press, immigration is not the be-all and end-all issue for Latinos, but they use issues like that to gauge who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.

    Fairly obvious who the bad guys are.

  • exlibra on February 21, 2013 7:07 PM:

    Re Goodlatte (aka Bitter Brew, 'cause he's not such a good latte, after all's said and done): he'd be perfectly OK with allowing a path to citizenship, provided all the new citizens were slave labor (so, maybe, just three-fifth of citizenship?). He's that kind of bastard (I know, I'm in his district)

  • jkl; on February 21, 2013 7:47 PM:

    Stumbled upon this by conservative Byron York, critical of John Boehner's astonishing malevalence:


  • ldm on February 21, 2013 8:17 PM:

    Was that Soupy Sales on the We Five intro? I didn't know he did Hullabaloo!

  • reidmc on February 21, 2013 11:34 PM: