Political Animal


March 21, 2013 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Woke up with a nasty cold this morning, and hope I’m not coming down with the bronchitis that is afflicting the Central Coast at present. I’ll pull poor Ryan Cooper into blogging if the coughing and wheezing get out of hand.

Here are some non-contaminated mid-day treats:

* Latest Ryan Budget passes House with zero Democratic defections. As happened last time, ten GOPers defected, with at least four of those attacking Ryan from the Right (including, as you might expect from my last post, Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey).

* Greg Sargent reports progressive groups deciding to make “guns, gays and the minimum wage” litmus-test issues for Dems thinking about running for president.

* New York Times’ Trip Gabriel profiles Dr. Ben Carson, the latest national right-wing heartthrob.

* With her usual sense of restraint, Michele Bachmann says Obamacare will “literally” kill women, children and seniors. Ah, for the saving grace of being without health insurance!

* Very funny (unintentionally, I think) Tevi Troy column suggests GOP bridge pop culture gap by following lead of “hip hop fan” Rubio or Paul Ryan, “who is partial to heavy metal.”

And in non-political news:

* Full-on March Madness has begun today with sixteen tourney games. It’s a good time to live on the West Coast, since the Madness starts at breakfast and finishes up by 9:00 PM or so.

Back after a brief meal break. Since several of you asked yesterday, no, I don’t use squirrel in my Brunswick Stew, but just plenty of pork, chicken, bacon, lima/butter beans, cream corn, tomatoes, BBQ sauce and hot sauce. No leftovers remaining from last night, alas.

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.


  • Perspecticus on March 21, 2013 3:09 PM:

    How? How can Paul Ryan's budget be attacked from the right? How?!?

  • boatboy_srq on March 21, 2013 3:40 PM:

    * With her usual sense of restraint, Michele Bachmann says Obamacare will “literally” kill women, children and seniors. Ah, for the saving grace of being without health insurance!

    Given that the GOTea is so decidedly adult-white-male-centric, isn't this "feature-not-bug" territory?

  • Daniel Buck on March 21, 2013 4:09 PM:

    Litmus tests are what painted the GOP and its avatar, the CPAC, into a ever shrinking corner. No need for the Democrats to follow suit.

    Opinions about guns, for example, reflect an urban-rural divide more than Republican-Democrat. Dan

  • Monala on March 21, 2013 6:16 PM:

    “You make $10 billion, you put in a billion; you make $10, you put in 1,” Dr. Carson explained at the prayer breakfast. “Now some people say that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made 10 billion as much as the guy who makes 10. Where does it say you’ve got to hurt the guy?”

    OK, I read "Gentle Hands" many years ago, and find much to admire about Dr. Carson. But this (his support for a flat tax) makes no sense. The point is, the guy making $10 is hurt by putting in $1; the guy making $10 billion is not hurt by putting in $1B. So he doesn't want to hurt the big guy (at all), but is totally willing to hurt the little one?

  • seniorcit on March 21, 2013 7:25 PM:

    Would you share your recipe for Brunswick Stew?

  • michael on March 21, 2013 8:12 PM:

    Sorry, Ed. Your stew was probably wonderful. But if you didn't use squirrel, it wasn't Brunswick Stew.

  • Doug on March 21, 2013 8:53 PM:

    "...or Paul Ryan, 'who is partial to heavy metal.'" Tevi Troy cited by Ed Kilgore

    Why is it that the first words that came to mind were "dumb bell"?