Political Animal


February 14, 2013 1:39 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Kinda disappointed no one has “liked” or commented on this morning’s Daylight Video. The song is one of the best descriptions of the ambiguity of romantic love (“Love her so much I wish she’d just go away”) ever penned, and that’s saying something. Do check it out.

Here are some mid-day candy hearts of both the sweet and tart variety:

* Kevin Cirilli writes best Politico lede I’ve seen in years: “Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) - who boasted in his State of the Union response that he still lives in the working class neighborhood where he was raised - might be movin’ on up.”

* Reid schedules cloture vote on Hagel nomination for tomorrow morning.

* Roll Call’s Joshua Miller reports on big argument among Kentucky Dems about whether Ashley Judd should run against Mitch McConnell next year.

* “Libertarian bad boy” Justin Amash considering Senate run if Carl Levin retires.

* TAP’s Mike Konczal publishes useful Q&A on minimum wage hikes and their economic impact.

And in non-political news:

* Doomed cruise ship due to dock in Mobile just in time for couples to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day antibiotic rinse.

Back in a relative few.

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.


  • celeidth on February 14, 2013 1:50 PM:

    You missed the best part of the Rubio story. This is a socalled working class neighborhood in Florida, ground zero for crashing home values. He bought the house for over 500 grand after the crash began and has it for sale for $675,000. That sounds real working class to me--snark. But to a Republican I'm sure he thinks that any house that sells for less than $2million is for the working class.

  • Keith M Ellis on February 14, 2013 2:07 PM:

    Laughter & Lust is a great album. "It's All Too Much" is another great track from it.

    Joe Jackson seems to have fallen off of many younger folks' radar — which is a shame and not inevitable, as today's younger pop music fans regularly listen to music that spans three or five decades, quite unlike most of we older folk. Not including myself, but I'm very much the exception.

    I was much amused when you posted a King Missile track, as you're older than me and I was almost thirty when they were in their heyday ... but they're ancient history for anyone less than 35 today. Kind of a mostly forgotten band of the alternative era. I'd expect mostly mehs for KM from twentysomethings, but that some Joe Jackson would appeal. I could be wrong, though.

  • DCSusie on February 14, 2013 5:04 PM:

    I guess his parents really did acheive the American Dream! A $500,000 house in Florida AFTER the crash would have been a freakin' mansion. Guess I should have blown off college and grad school in Florida in the '70's and become a maid or bartender like dear 'ol Ma and Pa Rubio!