Political Animal


February 21, 2013 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Thanks to Rick Scott for making actual news of a positive nature. Still think he’s a horror-show, but glad for a moment. Here are some mid-day news/views items:

* Lindsey Graham places total death count via U.S. use of drones at 4,700.

* Scary WaPo piece on extent of Chinese hacking of DC organizations.

* Barone says fight over who picks GOP Senate candidates misses systemic weakness of Republicans in candidate recruitment.

* Hagel picks up another GOP Senator, Richard Shelby.

* AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce reach limited agreement on immigration reform.

And in non-political news:

* Another big, vicious midwestern winter storm. Nope, no climate change going on.

Back in just a 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.


  • schtick on February 21, 2013 2:56 PM:

    Surprise, surprise. The people that are making our computers and components are hacking us. What do you suppose they are doing with the other technology we are GIVING them?

  • ninedragonspot on February 21, 2013 3:43 PM:

    Wait, I thought "horror-show" was a term of approval.

  • sparrow on February 21, 2013 4:26 PM:

    4,700 kills with drones. Assuming that's at all accurate, I'd like to know an honest breakdown of just how many were, "Oops, wrong people"; how many were "suspected terrorists"; and how many were really confirmed terrorists or combatants. It would also be interesting to get a best guesstimate of how many new enemies were created along the way in the first two instances, but I don't expect we'll ever see the actual breakdown on any of this.