Political Animal


March 08, 2013 1:30 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Discovered this morning that getting up at 3:00 a.m. to take guests to an airport shuttle tends to produce an earlier start on the blogging day. I’ll discover a long nap this afternoon.

Here are some mid-day news snacks:

* Nate Cohn reassures us North Korea won’t have capability to nuke us for a while, if ever, and that’s assuming they can’t be deterred.

* In response to better-than-expected jobs report, Boehner changes the subject to debt.

* Wingnut scamster O’Keefe forced into 100k settlement with former ACORN staffer.

* Krugman notes hypocrisy of those who always warn “markets” demand conservative policies, then ignore “markets” when they don’t react as predicted.

* Salon’s Jillian Rayfield reports Arkansas Republicans not satisfied with overriding gubernatorial veto of country’s most restrictive abortion law; now aiming for total ban on funds for Planned Parenthood, which does not run abortion clinics in the state.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Vatican announces formal conclave to elect new Pope will begin on March 12. Last conclave ended after two days.

Back after doing some laundry.

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.


  • Ron Byers on March 08, 2013 3:18 PM:

    I am more concerned about North Korea developing a nuke than any other nation on earth. They are just flaky enough to use it and giving the way they treat their own people they might not be deterred by the threat of utter destruction. I would hate to wake up one morning to discover that Seattle was gone even even knowing that evening North Korea would be a sheet of green glass.

  • dweb on March 08, 2013 3:53 PM:

    Methinks that with the Clan of the Red Beanie going into conclave mode March 12th, they will have given themselves at least two full weeks for God.....and just a pinch of internal politics.....to pinpoint a new Pope even before they close the doors to "seek spiritual guidance."

    If they were honest about the whole thing, they would close the doors, blow some white smoke up the chimney, open the doors again and go get a pizza.

    But then again, I think the smoke blowing started quite a while ago.

  • exlibra on March 08, 2013 4:58 PM:

    100K of Karma landing on O'Keefe really made my day.