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March 07, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Well, Rand Paul proved one senator with a good sense of timing and surprise can still dominate political news. But I fear the competition he may have spurred among media-hungry potential ‘16 rivals.

Here are some relatively savory mid-day news items:

* Reid hints at possible turnaround on prior opposition to “talking filibuster” requirement.

* Meanwhile, McCain and Graham criticize Rand Paul and Republicans who joined him in yesterday’s “talking filibuster” of Brennan nomination.

* Ryan re-embraces “Obama’s Medicare Cuts” in his new budget, completing a nice 360-degree pirouette.

* Rothenberg notes big Dem opportunity in 2014 in four large-state gubernatorial contests: Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

* Yglesias compares Chavez to other petro-authoritarians, and suggests Venezuela could have done worse.

And in non-political news:

* WaPo weather team explains (or perhaps rationalizes) erroneous Snowquester forecasts.

Back within the hour.

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

  • max on March 07, 2013 2:15 PM:

    But I fear the competition he may have spurred among media-hungry potential ‘16 rivals.

    Well, I don't.

    * Reid hints at possible turnaround on prior opposition to “talking filibuster” requirement.

    Don't be coy, Harry! You know that just turns McConnell on!

    * WaPo weather team explains (or perhaps rationalizes) erroneous Snowquester forecasts.

    Hey, we got bombed out west here. I shoveled snow all day and my arms still hurt. They just missed, so in future, perhaps they should just not oversell panic. Actually, not overselling panic would be a good idea even if their prediction had been correct.

    max
    ['DC: Capital of manic-depression.']

  • square1 on March 07, 2013 2:28 PM:

    It is long past time for Reid to simply shut up. He is the majority leader. The Senate rules are what he makes them. If Republicans are "abusing" the filibuster it is because Reid objectively championed the rules that permit such obstruction.