Political Animal


March 28, 2013 2:28 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Blogging from a car creeping between two outposts of Atlanta exurbia where clearly the U.N. Agenda 21 conspiracy for “planning” has never taken hold.

Here are some mid-day samplings of news and views:

* Aside from the business community’s desire for a class of indentured servants, Pew offers another reason for persistent GOP interest in “guest worker” program: sizable gap between Americans rejecting deportation of the undocumented, and those supporting citizenship.

* If Democratic senators rapidly coming around to support for marriage equallity, Republican Lisa Murkowski allows as how her views are “evolving.”

* Obama quotes overwhelming support in polls for background checks in urging Senate not to “get squishy” on gun legislation.

* Turns out Adam Lanza fired 154 bullets in less than five minutes at Newtown. Yep, that’s the kind of firepower every homeowner needs to take down a burglar.

* At TNR, Molly Redden argues state abortion clinic licensing requirements could have more enduring impact than more direct efforts to enact early-pregnancy abortion bans.

And in non-political news:

* Is nothing sacred? California Chick-Fil-A franchise gives dozens of free food coupons to marriage equality protesters.

Back after traffic allows a stop.

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.


  • T2 on March 28, 2013 3:32 PM:

    "thatís the kind of firepower every homeowner needs to take down a burglar." Yeah, or a 110 lb. deer. Assault weapons are exactly what they sound like: weapons of war.
    Unfortunately Ed, war is exactly what many NRA and automatic rifle gun owners keep them for. But the war they are concerned with waging involve black, brown, yellow, red and white Americans that they think are ruining "their" country. Remember Charles Manson's "Helter Skelter"?

  • jkl; on March 28, 2013 4:24 PM:

    Democrats must defend 21 seats next year, HOWARD DEAN will have a 50-state strategy. Get Out The Vote!!

  • kevo on March 28, 2013 5:33 PM:

    One of the more pronounced ironies regarding NRA's support of assault rifles for the common household is that we won a world war under the guise of one shot can take down the enemy!

    Remember the M-1 rifle, LePierre?

    Now, the NRA and its allies would have us believe we need something more than what we relied upon to prevail against Nazism, fascism, and Japanese militarism? I guess LePierre and his cohorts are too afraid of their own shadows to ever leave their homes in the world's greatest democracy and feel safe in their own country!

    Yes, Wayne, ours may be a country not for old men like you! -Kevo

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