Political Animal


February 07, 2013 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Still getting angry every time I think about Rick Perry and his attempted “raid” of Californians. It reminds me of watching him during his presidential campaign strut around various Tea Party stages bellowing incoherent rage before his incoherence finally brought him down.

Anyway, here are some mid-day items of interest to your news palate:

* Jeff Chu offers a fascinating profile of a woman who has left her family—and the Westboro Baptist Church.

* Politico’s Jake Sherman analyzes House GOP confusion over the defense sequester.

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent reports

* Weigel reportsWhat I was sayin.’

* Yglesias notes USAirways/American merger near, and approves.

And in non-political news:

* Winter storm heading towards northeast could be “historic”—and not in a good way.

Back after some foraging for lunch.

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 07, 2013 2:01 PM:

    As an Upstaty Nyer, I'm sick to death of "historic storms."

    Three years ago, we had a record heavy snow in MY town - it skipped everything around us, except us. It took down a ton of our trees.

    Two-and-a-half years ago, we had a record October snow storm the day before Holloween - taking down still more trees.

    And then, last October we had Hurricane Sandy.

    Tell me again, crazy reich-wingers, how there's no such thing as global wierding/warming.

  • max on February 07, 2013 2:06 PM:

    Still getting angry every time I think about Rick Perry and his attempted “raid” of Californians.

    Ah. See, I've had the guy in my face since 1990, and I have less than zero respect for him. By that I mean he is *the* dumbest Republican. There is no dumber and more obnoxious Republican, although I expect there are neo-Nazis that are more awful. As a consequence whenever someone mentions Perry the first thought is 'Uh-huh, what has that asshole done now?'

    (If it had been a two man presidential race between Mitt and Perry, the thing to say is, 'Well, you know, I'm pretty sure Mitt can add, so that's that makes the choice easy.')

    ['Not worth getting angry, especially since he is just trolling you anyways.']

  • Harvey on February 07, 2013 2:30 PM:

    The Sacramento Bee had a great response to Perry. But there is one response I would like to see to the "Job Poachers" and Job Creators" who complain about the business environment in California.

    To use Nissan as an example, when they moved to Nashville from I think it was Torrance or Carson. They used a similar line of excuses. Oh, California is just too tough to do business in.

    I would love to see the Governor of California say "Really? that's funny, I see your dealerships all over my State! When are they moving? When will stop selling your car's here? I mean, being that is so tough and all."

    I would love to see Governor Brown go after Texas companies like Radio Shack. He should go after them, and use the bully pulpit to discourage Califronia's from buying the cheap made in China crap they are hawking at their stores in California. We can buy cheap crap from China from California based retailers like Fry's electronics.

    I would love to see what Radio Shack would have to say to their Governor if their business started tanking in the Golden State.

    We can make your complaints about the business environment more true than you even believe.