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February 15, 2013 1:40 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Just realized that Monday is a federal holiday. That means Lite Blogging for me, and probably not much to blog about—but I’ll be right here, semi-alert.

Here are some mid-day news treats:

* Unsurprising news from Iowa: Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will not run for Harkin seat in 2014. Grassley seat in 2016 might be another matter, I suspect.

* Herman Cain shows Sarah Palin why an unsuccessful presidential campaign better than none at all: Fox hires Cain as “commentator;” don’t know if that has any impact on his successor-to-Neal-Boortz syndicated radio show.

* Politico’s Raju suggests Ted Cruz’s aggressive abrasiveness will make him unpopular in Senate. I’m sure the fear of unpopularity has Cruz shaking in his boots.

* Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin stamps foot, demands Jewish Dems abandon Hagel. I’m sure they are shaking in their boots as well.

* Cuccinelli attacks non-existent Republican “pivot” to the center. Seems his big attack-line on The Macker will be that he’s a “deal-maker.” Horrors!

And in non-political news:

* Ten-ton meteor explodes over Russia. Conspiracy fans and premillenialists will have great fun with this one.

Back after some weekend prep.

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.

Comments

  • buddy66 on February 15, 2013 4:11 PM:

    Alert CNN: more evidence of global warming?

  • JR on February 15, 2013 4:29 PM:

    Cruz may not be shaking in his boots, but I'm already exhausted at the idea of 6 long years (at least) of him in the Senate. Seriously, I'm ready to take bets that he, not Rubio, runs for the White House in 2016. (Video, please, of Rick Perry getting the news!)

  • zandru on February 15, 2013 6:15 PM:

    That meteor strike was really amazing. It's significant that most injuries were caused by breaking glass. If your dwelling or place you just happen to be in isn't equipped with tempered glass, its windows will become deadly weapons.

    Just saying' ...

  • Paul on February 15, 2013 6:24 PM:

    Just a suggestion

    I think Twitter writing conventions have begun to affect your mid-day morsel prose. Some of your dropped words and letters are affecting my digestion.

    * Unsurprising news from Iowa: Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will not run for Harkin's seat in 2014. Grassley's seat in 2016 might be another matter, I suspect.

    * Herman Cain shows Sarah Palin why an unsuccessful presidential campaign is better than none at all

    * Politicoís Raju suggests that Ted Cruzís aggressive abrasiveness will make him unpopular in the Senate. Iím sure the fear of unpopularity has Cruz shaking in his boots.

    And overall my comprehension is jilted by the lack of determiners in your sentences. It does remove words without removing content, but it can seem weird to the brain.

    Nothing but a suggestion, move along.

  • Mimikatz on February 15, 2013 7:38 PM:

    For those with long memories, Ted Cruz bore a creepy resemblance to Joe McCarthy when he questioned Hagel. When Hagel could not identify the source of a speaking fee, Cruz first questioned whether it had come from a "foreign government" and then said, So we don't know if it came from the Saudis or Iran or North Korea, or words to that effect. He is a real slime ball and has the same sneering, prosecutorial demeanor as ol' Joe.

  • jkl; on February 16, 2013 3:10 PM:

    Right wing reactionary Ted (Crazed) Cruz is absolutely heading for that 'one term only' he so deserves.
    Diehard regressive gov'mint haters.
    Too crazy for even the crazies. He could always find work in Pennsylvania with one-term Tom Corbett.

    FDR said "A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backward."