Political Animal


February 11, 2013 1:34 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

It’s not often that we have two such very different “dominant” news stories: the resignation of a Pope, and a State of the Union Address. Having the obligation of trying to do twelve posts a day, I have plenty of space to cover both at my leisure, but it will be interesting to see what less prolific writers choose to emphasize (aside from those pushing some other story like Benghazi! Benghazi! or Hagel the Anti-Semite! regardless of its currency).

Here are some mid-day new/views items for your delectation:

* Charles Pierce says farewell to Benedict XVI as a “caretaker” for an “an institution that had moved so far from the message of the gospels that it might as well have been worshipping Ba’al.”

* Brother Benen notes that Obama really is getting out of Washington to make most of his speeches lately.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman predicts SOTU will be just like nearly all the others from presidents representing both parties—yet GOPers will whine it’s “too partisan.”

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent suggests reports of Senate GOPer revival of the “cut, cap, balance” insanity a sign they are hunkering down to accept sequester.

* Rove will get high-profile forum for his new self-appointed role as conservative “establishment” enforcer, as main speaker at March California GOP convention.

And in non-political news:

* Big event of the weekend: not the Grammys, but BaconFest!

Back in a bacon bit.

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.


  • low-tech cyclist on February 11, 2013 1:59 PM:

    "Having the obligation of trying to do twelve posts a day..."

    Good Lord, man! Maybe Steve Benen can sustain that sort of output, but mere mortals should set their sights a bit lower. Did Kevin Drum manage twelve posts a day when he was filling this space? I doubt it.

  • ericfree on February 11, 2013 3:16 PM:

    BaconFest would be Iowa's Embarrassment. If not for Steve King.