Political Animal


February 04, 2013 1:38 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I wasn’t planning on watching the SuperBowl (note to football-o-phones: college fans and pro fans are often not the same people), and missed about half of it, getting drawn in only by the drama of the 49ers comeback. That and the fact that I was trying to do some work during commercials meant I deliberately missed most of those elements of the Big Show. So at some point I’ll probably check out Seth Stevenson’s “best and worst commercials” take for Slate. There are, of course, hundreds of others. Feel free to recommend one or offer your own thoughts in the comment thread.

Meantime, here are some non-Super-Bowl mid-day morsels:

* Weld takes himself out of running for Massachusetts Senate special election. More pressure on Tagg!

* Brother Benen reports that yes, a filibuster of Hagel’s confirmation would be unprecedented but no, GOPers haven’t made up their minds just what to do.

* Trump calls Jindal “stupid” for calling other Republicans “stupid.” Clearly, a lot of stupidity going around.

* Meanwhile, Jindal pauses in frantic efforts to run for president to blast anyone thinking of running for president so early.

* Erick Erickson declares war on Karl Rove.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Remains of Richard III found under London parking lot.

Back after a paint-buying chore.

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.


  • Werewolf on February 04, 2013 1:45 PM:

    Actually, Richard III was found in Leicester.

  • HenryW on February 04, 2013 1:47 PM:

    And Leicester is roughly 100 miles from London--several days' journey back in 1485.

  • Don on February 04, 2013 2:35 PM:

    Skip the Slate review of the commercials...several good ones left out, some real couch-fainting about others, and dismissing one of the better ads (the Taco Bell one) because, in essence, he doesn't like the song. Lots of hackery.

  • Anonymous on February 04, 2013 4:14 PM:

    Not sure the news about Richard III is non-political:

    “"But then I sigh and, with a piece of scripture, Tell them that God bids us do good for evil; And thus I clothe my naked villainy With odd old ends stolen out of Holy Writ, And seem a saint when most I play the devil. But soft! Here come my executioners." ”

    Richard III, Act I, Scene III

    Sounds like most republicans to me!

  • Ron Byers on February 04, 2013 4:25 PM:

    You mean Richard III had a good Republican cloth coat?

  • Joe Friday on February 04, 2013 6:22 PM:

    "Trump calls Jindal 'stupid' for calling other Republicans 'stupid'."

    Ah, stupid is as stupid does.

  • reidmc on February 05, 2013 1:01 AM:

    Erickson vs Rove. . .I know who I am picking in that contest.