Political Animal


February 06, 2013 12:58 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

As some of you may know, today is National Signing Day for college football recruits. This might normally affect my blogging productivity. But since my Georgia Bulldogs already had 30 commitments coming into today, and have lost all but one of their last-minute head-to-head battles so far, I’m pretty calm.

Here are some mid-day political news snacks:

* Boy Scouts of America delay decision on lifting national ban on gay scouts and scout leaders until May, citing its “controversial” nature. Yes, sad to say, equality is always “controversial,” ain’t it?

* REI president Sally Jewell Obama’s pick to succeed Ken Salazar at Interior. Bypassed pols seem to be only ones unhappy about it so far.

* USAToday’s Fedreka Schouten has interesting update on ex-House-Members’ use of leftover campaign funds.

* Obama reportedly mulling expanded use of EPA regulations to fight climate change in anticipation of SOTU Address. This is indeed a big decision.

* Duncan Black—a.k.a. Atrios—pens op-ed describing the 401(k) “experiment” as a disaster.

And in non-political news:

* After online contest on Monopoly playing pieces, iron replaced by cat. Is nothing sacred?

Back after some moonlighting.

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.


  • Rick B on February 06, 2013 2:04 PM:

    It's about damned time cats got equal billing with dogs in monopoly. And what's an iron, anyway?

  • catclub on February 06, 2013 3:02 PM:

    "Is nothing sacred?"

    Why yes, I believe ceiling cat is.

  • Crissa on February 06, 2013 10:51 PM:

    The iron was a classic. It was either the iron or the car for me.

    Hated the dog.

    Also, 401Ks: Useless. Duh.

  • Crissa on February 06, 2013 10:58 PM:

    PS, I've never had a job with a 401k, and my spouse has never had a job with a successful 401k. What good is a 401k with more fees than money it earns?