Political Animal


February 26, 2013 5:44 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Tomorrow we’ll have Supreme Court oral arguments over the challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which aren’t expected to go well for the good guys. SCOTUSBlog’s Lyle Denniston provides a preview.

Here are today’s seeds and stems:

* Hagel confirmed as SecDef by 58-41 vote. Hilarious Ezra Klein tweet: “Man, the party Friends of Hamas is going to throw Chuck Hagel to celebrate his confirmation will be EPIC.”

* At TAP, Paul Waldman offers useful meditation on the fecklessness of most Inside-the-Beltway scheming.

* Good news: 75 Republicans sign onto amicus brief asking Supreme Court to make same-sex marriage constitutionally protected. Bad news: most of them are former office-holders.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys discusses contrast between frequent wittiness of UK parliamentary debates and the “dour, bitter miasma” suffusing Congress.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the White House announcement of a new “open access” policy for all taxpayer-funded research.

And in non-political news:

* Kulturkampf: Morrissey bags Kimmel appearance after learning Duck Dynasty cast also on show.

To close the day, here again is Lightnin’ Hopkins performing “That Woman Named Mary” in the 1970 documentary “The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins.” Just an amazing video.


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.


  • CK Dexter Haven on February 26, 2013 6:02 PM:

    When has same sex marriage not been constitutionally protected?

  • CK Dexter Haven on February 26, 2013 6:04 PM:

    Oops. Another illustration of why we should never underestimate the awesome power of the "Dumbass Factor"

  • Anonymous on February 26, 2013 6:34 PM:


    Senate vote on Hagel's confirmation. 52 Dems + 2 I's + 4 Repubs* voted for. Lautenberg did not vote.

    * Johanns (NE), Shelby (AL), Cochran (MS) and Paul, yes Rand Paul (KY)

  • cwolf on February 27, 2013 12:26 AM:

    Hagel confirmed as SecDef by 58-41 vote.

    Due to the sequester, his first official act will be to organize a Bake Sale for the purchase of some new drones.

  • jkl; on February 27, 2013 12:51 AM:

    That is really clever, cwolf.
    I needed a laugh.

    Here's a couple:
    Boehner really got a tan on that vacation he had.
    "The world's saddest tangerine." –Jon Stewart on John Boehner

    "Boehner is very serious about cutting back on spending. I saw him today touching up his tan with an orange sharpie." –Jay Leno

  • Rich2506 on February 27, 2013 8:10 AM:

    Good piece by Waldman at TAP. Yeah, I've always tried to describe the other party as less-focused, less Machiavellian types. When I'm asked about rich folks who oppose the existence of Social Security, I describe them as "Ya know the scene in Oliver Twist where the orphan boys are grinding the grain in treadmills? Right-wingers read and sigh wistfully 'Ah yes, the good old days when the poor spent their time in useful pursuits.'"

  • smartalek on February 27, 2013 12:48 PM:

    Ezra's tweet would have been more apt if, instead of "EPIC," he'd said, "da BOMB!"