Political Animal


February 01, 2013 1:51 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Well, my earlier prediction was right: turned on Fox News, and jobs report being spun as totally being about tiny bump in unemployment rate. Had jobs numbers been bad and rate down slightly, it would have been reversed. Meanwhile, they’ve got convicted perjurer Mark Fuhrman on as “expert” on Alabama hostage situation.

Anyhows, here are some mid-day items of interest:

* Scott Brown announces he’s not running for Kerry Senate seat (but maybe for governor?). GOP speculation now centering on former Gov. William Weld. Interesting Mitt Romney’s name not coming up, eh?

* Steven Chu announces he’s stepping down as Secretary of Energy. That’s the last of the Cabinet departures, I believe, unless Tom Vilsack suddenly decides to run for Senate.

* Long Hernandez/Robles New York Times piece on links between Bob Menendez and Salomon Melgen steers clear of prostitution claims.

* New frontier in anti-choice legislation aimed at forcing constitutional challenge to Roe v. Wade: Arkansas Senate passes bill banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

* Salon’s Jillian Rayfield has roundup of reactions to death of Ed Koch.

And in non-political news:

* CBS rejects Pornhub ad for Super Bowl.

Back after a break to check out college football recruiting news.

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.


  • c u n d gulag on February 01, 2013 2:02 PM:

    I lived in NYC during the Koch and Dinkins years.

    And oh my, was Ed Koch was an egomaniac – extraordinaire.

    I can remember, he not only had his voice recorded for use in taxi cabs, but in street-sweepers.

    On the mornings when ‘opposite side of the street parking’ applied, if there were still cars on the wrong side of the street, the street-sweepers began a recording of an every more loud, every more NYie-accented Koch, saying, “Move Yag Cah… MOVE… YAH… CAH! MOOOVE!… YAAAH!!… CAAAAAAAAAH!!!”
    Over, and over again.

    And people would scurry out, just to shut-up the recording.
    You didn’t need an alarm clock most mornings, if you didn’t need to get up earlier than 6:30 to 7 am. I don’t care how hungover you were, there was not way anyone could sleep through that cacophony!

    I saw one guy punch another one outside my apartment in Astoria, because the other guy was very late in coming for his car, and the damn street-sweeper kept the damn recording going, getting louder and louder.

    After the other guy finally ran out and moved his car, the guy who waited around started yelling at him, then walked up, and punched him right in the face!

    The other guy did nothing, since he knew the whole block hated his feckin’ guts for subjecting them to Koch’s recorded voice screaming at them that early in the morning.

    Ah, NY!

    Sometimes I loved Ol’ Ed, sometimes I couldn’t stand him. But most of times, I just had to laugh with him, or at him.

    Dinkins wasn’t much of a Mayor, either. His lone marker, is the least customer friendly tennis stadium in the world – and eye-sore. And let’s not even speak of Guliani – though, I had moved out right before he got elected.

    But, love Koch, hate him, or be lukewarm about him, he was entertaining, ya gotta saydat fer 'im!

  • Rabbler on February 01, 2013 2:42 PM:

    I hope your recruiting news manages to get out of the SEC at least a bit.

  • Cal State Disneyland on February 01, 2013 2:47 PM:

    Nice zinger on Romney! Snark!!

    Captcha: dodgeti still

    Yes, the GOP is still dodging Romney.

  • Joe Friday on February 01, 2013 3:59 PM:

    "Scott Brown announces he's not running for Kerry Senate seat"


    Guess he's still licking his wounds after being trounced by SENATOR Warren.

  • JR on February 01, 2013 5:12 PM:

    I can't imagine Mitt Romney ever running for Congress. He's only interested in gigs where he thinks he's running the show, just like any other CEO. Too bad, because he'd beat the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team in flip-flops, jumping through hoops, etc.