Political Animal


February 28, 2013 5:35 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Much of the news has involved a long day’s journey into the weeds of Bob Woodwardism, I fear. I don’t have boots sturdy enough for any more of that.

Here are some final items for this Sequester Eve:

* To no one’s great surprise, Obama administration will file amicus brief supporting constitutional challenge to California’s Prop 8.

* U.S. to boost aid to Syrian opposition by $60 million.

* At TAP, Gershom Gorenberg explains Netanyahu is running out of time to form a government—and to deal with rising possibility of third Intifada.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ezra Klein discusses things Congress could have done to reduce deficit that would have been better and smarter than sequester.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer explores the insanely expensive Los Angeles School Board race.

And in non-political news:

* Legal battle with Wynn Resorts forces Girls Gone Wild into bankruptcy.

Second bit of non-political news, just to note this great headline from Kevin Roose:

* “Groupon CEO’s Salary Is Given a 100 Percent Discount.”

I’ll end the day with another Nashville Teens video (this one without an intro from Jimmy Savile!) from 1965, a performance of “Google Eye.” This refers not to the search engine, but to a fish, as I discovered after, well, googling it.


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.


  • j on February 28, 2013 6:34 PM:

    I learned today that justice Roberts had always fought against the voting rights act, he should have disclosed his agenda when he was being considered for the position. This should disqualify him from voting.

  • John B. on February 28, 2013 6:45 PM:

    Gotta put this somewhere... Reacting to the latest CBO economic forecast Digby says over at Hullabaloo, "I'm so old that I remember when 7.5% unemployment was considered a crisis that required all hands on deck."

    Hell, I'm so old I remember Chester Bowles going on Meet the Press back in the Stone Age summer of 1969 -- and predicting the nation's unemployment rate would rise above six percent over the next twelve months. The whole panel, conservative and not quite so conservative, just about stroked out. They were shocked, couldn't believe it.


  • Joe Friday on February 28, 2013 6:54 PM:

    "U.S. to boost aid to Syrian opposition by $60 million."

    Supplying Jihadists with kevlar vests.


  • TulsaTime on February 28, 2013 6:59 PM:

    Woodward turned into a troll a long time ago, it's the only reason he still has a job at that rag of a paper. And I would not be half surprised if he was following instructions to roll that out as 'a threat'.

    We seem to have entered a zone now where everything has to get splashed up as an outrage/illegality/indecency/shocking incident of monumental proportions. You know, in case it starts to get traction and they can turn it into THE LATEST for all the feeble minded. This will be just like Bill's 2nd term, where everything was a new excuse. Rethugs will have a great rep by the time '16 comes around.

  • jkl; on February 28, 2013 8:20 PM:

    Feel badly for Woodward, wonder if he isn't being pulled towards this. Likes the limelight, if anything. My experience is that the aging person holds on to contentions strongly, as part of control issues.

    Feel more alarmed by Cantor, that Shakespearean figure, lurking in the background with that lean and hungry look, feeding into the crazy of the tea party, and the other Republicans who seem to fear these people, as revealed in the boozy, tearful face of Boehner. Or those craving attention, like Graham and McCain. Kelly Ayotte is a big disappointment.

  • jkl; on February 28, 2013 9:17 PM:


    This seems to blow it out of the water that there really wasn't a threat to Woodward.

  • TomParmenter on March 01, 2013 1:46 PM:

    The Nashville Teens were obviously ripping off 'Barney Google with his goo-goo-googly eyes'.

    Note mention of Bryan and Hughes. Political satire!