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February 22, 2013 1:24 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Kinda wish Dave Weigel had saved his classic “it’s been a long and stupid week” line for this one. Here are some mid-day starchy treats:

* At the New Yorker, Jane Meyer notes Ted Cruz has another similar habit to Joe McCarthy’s aside from bullying witnesses: commie-counting.

* Ann Coulter and John Stossel have their own personal insult-laden struggle for the soul of the conservative movement (between libertarian and non-libertarian extremists, of course).

* TPM’s Kahil Shapur provides good quick history of Voting Rights Act.

* New data shows significant slowdown in inflation on individual health insurance policy premiums, beginning when Obamacare enacted.

* York suggests Navy just messing with conservatives’ heads by threatening to delay deployment of carrier to Persian Gulf if sequester goes through.

And in non-political news:

* Nate Silver makes his Oscar predictions, with a new and better methodology!

Back after dealing with some domestic business.

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

  • boatboy_srq on February 22, 2013 1:48 PM:

    * York suggests Navy just messing with conservatives’ heads by threatening to delay deployment of carrier to Persian Gulf if sequester goes through.

    If there is a way to get the Reichwing's attention focused on compromise (as defined by Webster's and not the Teahad), this is it. All their international armchair fantasies are about to get punctured. It wouldn't be the carrier, BTW, that's the problem: CVNs can run for a decade on one fueling. It's all the escorts, and the tons of oil and gas they'll burn keeping watch on the CVN, and all the jet fuel she expects her brood to burn, that are the immediate costs. Keep her escorts home, and her planes mostly grounded, and she becomes just one big target.

    SO: Sure. Keep that carrier in port. Furlough all the armed forces at foreign bases ("Flights home? Sorry, folks: no dollars for the fuel. The private sector can step up and take the load."). Halt construction on the Ford and Burke classes ("Contract's cancelled, guys; 'we're broke' strikes again."). And say good-bye to the V-22 and F-35 programs.

    THAT will make the Teahad sit up and take notice.

  • schtick on February 22, 2013 2:06 PM:

    Make it automatic when these fools go for a sequester that their own pay and perks stop. Especially for their staff. (In McConnell's case that might be a blessing.)

  • boatboy_srq on February 22, 2013 2:57 PM:

    @schtick: it'll certainly get all their dead relatives off the federal payrolls...

    /snark

  • boatboy_srq on February 22, 2013 3:10 PM:

    @schtick: it'll certainly get all their dead relatives off the federal payrolls...

    /snark

  • boatboy_srq on February 22, 2013 3:12 PM:

    I'll like Captcha a lot better - OK, I'll dislike it a lot less - when it stops posting comments it tells me got rejected...

  • j on February 22, 2013 3:41 PM:

    Schtick, apparently the congress cannot have their pay cut but their army of aides could be laid off!

  • Bran Muffin on February 22, 2013 4:47 PM:

    One instance when Ann is right. Libertarians are just Republicans who are embarrassed to admit it. They need to drop the fake pose, man up, and be proud of who they are.

  • navamske on February 22, 2013 8:13 PM:

    "TPM’s Kahil Shapur provides good quick history of Voting Rights Act."

    It's Sahil Kapur.