Political Animal


February 19, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Just nine days until the Sequester, when fiscal hawks will celebrate by mocking the newly unemployed. Just kidding about that last part, I think. Here are some mid-day morsels in a very Lenten diet of news:

* What polarization? Chris Christie says he agrees with Andrew Cuomo on “98% of the issues.” Either Christie walks that back or he’s never running for president.

* Very worthwhile John Tierney piece on connection between sentencing policies and poverty.

* At TAP, Bryce Covert takes closer look at impact of domestic spending sequester.

* No surprise: National Journal’s 2012 House voting analysis shows Todd Akin as most conservative Member.

* Supremes to hear case that could strike down aggregate limits on individual campaign contributions.

And in non-political news:

* “Super-pod” of up to 100,000 dolphins spotted near San Diego.

Back after a break to let more news develop.

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 19, 2013 2:14 PM:

    Well, listen, let's not treat Andrew Cuomo as if he was some paragon of Liberal virtue.

    He's more like a socially tolerant Republican, who's not a gun nut.

    So, yeah, I'm pretty sure he and Christie do agree on about 90-to-98% of things.
    The other 10-to-2% accounts for Cuomo not openly advocating the destruction of the social safety-nets right away - or the environment - and him being ok with women having a choice, and not wanting us involved in another war right away.

    On education, union-busting, Wall Street @$$-kissing, they're like two pea's in a pod.

    Now, if Christie had said Patrick, or O'Malley, now THAT would be a shocker!

  • schtick on February 19, 2013 2:33 PM:

    gulag, I have to agree with you. My relatives and friends that were in Congress would feel comfortable in the democratic party today.

    As for the supremes, I'm waiting for someone to limit monies to only dem campaigns. I'm sure it would be supported by this bunch.

  • schtick on February 19, 2013 2:34 PM:

    I should have noted that those relatives and friends were republicans.

  • Zorro on February 19, 2013 2:54 PM:

    * Supremes to hear case that could strike down aggregate limits on individual campaign contributions.

    If you liked Citizens United, you'll love this one...


  • Future Fox News Contributor on February 19, 2013 3:49 PM:

    Upcoming GOP Conspiracy Theory:

    The super pod of dolphins (very cool video if you haven’t checked it out yet) is in reality a group of undercover Obama agents crossing the border illegally with the sole purpose of swimming up the sewer pipes, through the toilets, and into the homes of all freedom-loving Americans to confiscate their guns. After which, they will have gay “dolphin sex” in your living rooms, convert your children to Islam, then go to the nearest DMV and register as Democrats.

    Not until you pry it from my cold bloody hands, Flipper...

  • jkl; on February 19, 2013 4:10 PM:

    Once again it's these despicable republicans who want to ruin this country.
    Republicans said they would force budget cuts. They made this sequester deal.
    Recall Boehner going around saying he got 98% of what he wanted. Swigging and swaggering.
    They own it. But the orwellian disguise is to blame the president.

    Bryce Covert nails it--thanks for the link.

    "Yet Congress seems determined to let these drastic cuts go through, and Republicans, who originally found them equally unpalatable, have now indicated that they think these cuts could be the best option for deficit reduction. But sequestration is far from a scalpel that can trim the fat off of government. It’s a chainsaw that will tear apart vital programs."

  • jkjl; on February 19, 2013 4:19 PM:

    I wish Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) --3rd on the list-- would be ultra-conservative about appearing on television.
    Please step away from the camera!!!!!!
    Man, every show--MSNBC, CNN, CSPAN..... what absurdly crony pontificating bull$h^t from her.

  • PaminBB on February 19, 2013 7:31 PM:

    Don't forget, CC needs to be re-elected in NJ before any presidential run. So he needs to look and sound sane.