Political Animal


March 15, 2013 5:35 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Just got into a brief Twitter conversation with Erick Erickson on his view that Sen. Portman has exposed himself as something less than a real Christian. Made my point, heard his absolutist response, and moved on, not wanting to waste words or time.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Tax Policy Center calculates you’d need $5.7 trillion in “loophole closing” offsets to pay for Ryan Budget’s rate cuts.

* Because I know you have been excitedly waiting for it, here’s link to prepared remarks for Mitt Romney’s CPAC speech! I recommend you save it for an insomnia cure.

* Chait notes Portman’s “conversion” on same-sex marriage is “a confession of moral failure, of which he appears unaware.” Bingo. Similarly, Yglesias regrets no Republican senators have sons living in poverty.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll offers new evidence on comparisons between government-run British Health Service and U.S. system. Guess who doesn’t come off very well?

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports good news that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to regulate student loan debt collection industry.

And in non-political news:

* British burial ground for medieval plague victims could help identify DNA signature of Black Death.

So here’s to another week of much political heat and the occasional light. Kathleen Geier will be handling Weekend Blogging, and we’re also expecting a wrap-up report by Adele Stan live from CPAC.

With apologies to frequent commenter Gandalf, who does not care for them, here again is the last American band to which I really paid much attention, Sleater-Kinney, performing “Good Things” and “Little Mouth” in Seattle in 1998.


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.


  • Anonymous on March 15, 2013 6:13 PM:

    "At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports good news that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to regular student loan debt collection industry."

    Something is wrong with this sentence.

  • Col Bat Guano on March 15, 2013 7:37 PM:

    Wait, Eric son of Eric is now the judge of who a true Christian is? I think it's time to re-read Revelations to look for other signs of the end of the world. And I'm an atheist.

  • Joe Friday on March 15, 2013 7:53 PM:


    The US will deploy 14 additional ground-based defense missiles against the growing threat from North Korea, Chuck Hagel, the US defense secretary, has announced.

    The interceptors will be based in Fort Greely, Alaska. In addition, new radar capability will be installed in Japan to track any missiles fired by North Korea, Hagel said on Friday. The US already has 30 interceptors in place in California and Alaska and the additional weaponry would be fielded by 2017, he said.

    "The United States has missile defence systems in place to protect us from limited ICBM attacks, but North Korea in particular has recently made advances in its capabilities and is engaged in a series of irresponsible and reckless provocations," he said.


    There is no "growing threat from North Korea", as they have no nuclear weapons, only nuclear devices, that cannot be launched atop an ICBM.

  • Captain Dan on March 15, 2013 10:06 PM:

    There is nothing less than a "real Christian"!

  • enriquetabrasini on March 16, 2013 9:45 AM:

    Cole. although Bonnie`s posting is nice, last wednesday I got Jaguar E-type from having made $8675 this-last/month an would you believe ten-grand this past-munth. this is actually the most-comfortable work Ive had. I began this 8-months ago and straight away was making minimum $71, per hour. I went to this web-site...... http://www.miniurl.com/s/7s6