Political Animal


April 05, 2013 5:44 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

As predicted, news dropped off on a Spring Friday afternoon. The aggregator I rely on most is running the same stories we talked about this morning, I guess for slow bloggers and really late risers.

But there are some remainders of the day:

* As Greg Sargent reports, John Bohner has already rejected idea of revenue offsets in connection with Obama budget’s offer of Chained CPI.

* Ben Carson apologizes to Johns Hopkins for NAMBLA and bestiality references in comments on same-sex marriage. Some of his fans at Fox will be disappointed.

* Despite total dominance, Texas GOPers worried about demographic trends, reports Neil King at WSJ.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein disputes assumption that ideology should trump all other factors in determining political identity.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports a Wisconsin technical college is offering a class on how to deal with mass shootings. Sign of the times.

And in non-political news:

* The sturdy “pork chop” may be rebranded with fancier names like steaks (Porterhouse, Rib-Eye, etc.). Sorry, but I’ll still call them “pork chops.”

That’s it for today. We’re a bit up in the air about Weekend Blogging duties, but we’ll have one of our regulars at the controls tomorrow morning.

To close the day, here’s another early Stones tune, “Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man,” which kinda got overlooked because it was originally the B-side to “Satisfaction.”


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 April 05, 2013 5:53 PM:

    Didn't take long for the GOP to nix Obama's "symbolic" budget, did it? Obama can now take his concessions off the table, right?

  • FriscoSF on April 05, 2013 6:31 PM:

    Ben Carson was misquoted
    He meant the North American Man Gun Love Association
    NAMGLA !!
    they're Cool !!!

  • max on April 05, 2013 6:37 PM:

    As Greg Sargent reports, John Bohner has already rejected idea of revenue offsets in connection with Obama budget’s offer of Chained CPI.

    Well, yeah. In the end, the R's will get the best deal they can (which is any deal that gives them what they want and makes Obama look bad), since they're going to be unpopular anyways. The thing is, is that while the R's make themselves more and more unpopular, O makes himself more unpopular too, by following them down the hole. (Hey, his approval rating tanks every time he tries to secure a deal that will achieve the unachievable.)

    All the 11th dimensional chess stuff doesn't work if you don't use any of the advantages it provides, or if you insist on doing something stupid and calling it 11th dimensional chess. (The latter is my vote.) Stop following the sumbitches down the hole. Jeez.

    As for what liberals should do about it, one need point out if the reduction results in our having less money and rich people having more, then that's less money for donations for Dem's. Or more bluntly: if you vote for this shit, you ain't gettin' no money from me.


    This is a lot like watching Italian generals leading the French army against Bulgarian generals leading Cossacks.

    The Italian generals are winning by default - but nobody seems to be able to find the battlefield.

    ['With the entire drama narrated by the vampire TV show host from SCTV, lest we leave out our courtier friends.']

  • Tomm Undergod on April 05, 2013 6:40 PM:

    "As Greg Sargent reports, John Bohner has already rejected idea of revenue offsets in connection with Obama budget's offer of Chained CPI."

    So once again 'leventy mentional chess has achieved a mixed metaphor bank shot that ends up cutting off a nose formerly attached to Democratic Party Principle. Or maybe that's just a mythical beast to begin with. Whatever. The President of All the People is still left looking like a total sell-out of his party's platform, his campaign promises, his party's base, and -- quelle surprise! as Willard the Glove might say-- the American people.

    Why, it's like Harry Reid and the filibuster, where he gave up the second time around just as he did to begin with. It's like universal health care. It's like the way the plan to end all BushCo tax cuts for the obscenely rich did not do that. Or how housing "reform" creates more homeless. I'm betting it is going to be like the XL pipeline to Waterworld, too-- another own goal in the making. And in the minority-ruled Senate, gridlock is often the only thing that stops bipartisan legislative disasters like Chained CPI from destroying the already pathetically threadbare social "safety net." The will of "we the people," is both loud and clear on gun safety, too, but the Gross Obstruction Party is still caving to threats and bluster from ThePeter of Wayne's World.

    And over and over, the majority party invertebrates sell out We the People, starting with buying into a dishonest worldview out of Alice's Mirror. When Dums work to cut "entitlements," they promote the entire GOPig rhetoric on deficits and taxes and spending and make it even harder to create jobs and feed hungry schoolkids. If this is a tactic to make the old white guy party look bad, it is still a mistake. MY survival is not a ploy, not political theater. You can call it some kind of theater, but I call it bread and I say to hell with it. (h/t Thurber)

    Every time the wily Kenyan Kommie buys Their ridiculous rhetoric and framing, he sets back the future of the olds and poors and not just the progression of citizens toward a better, more secure life of education, creation, production, and leisure-- rather than fulltime scavenging for leftover catfood and rotten renamed pork chops-- but undermines the survival of the nation and, it's not too much to say, the entire planet.

    Non passaran!

  • Tomm Undergod on April 05, 2013 6:45 PM:

    Correction: You can call it some kind of circus, but I call it bread, and I say to hell with it. (h/t Thurber)

  • Joe Friday on April 05, 2013 6:53 PM:

    "John Bohner has already rejected idea of revenue offsets in connection with Obama budget's offer of Chained CPI"

    Well, this should be the cue to the White House to make lemonade outta lemons, and start backpedaling as fast as they can, claiming that they only offered-up the chained CPI to PROVE to the American people that the Republicans are too extreme for any compromise, and they never really planned to go through with it.

    Worth a shot.

  • Doug on April 05, 2013 8:17 PM:

    I place my faith in the greed and stupidity of those currently in control of the GOP. As long as the President links anything to increases in taxes, especially on the rich, the Republicans will never accept the deal! It *is* a bit nerve-wracking, though!
    I would like to suggest though, that just in case sanity ever returns to a majority of the Republicans in DC, the President make such offers *only* in conjunction with a return to the tax rates in effect during the Eisenhower administration.
    Then settle for 50%.
    The growth in the economy, as salary and wage earners alike get pay increases, would more than pay for a return to a non-CPI SS.

  • bluestatedon on April 05, 2013 9:40 PM:

    Ed, since you have an unerring sense for the music that I loved in the '60s, I can't help but point out that the writing for "Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man" was credited to Nanker Phelge. Who the hell is Nanker Phelge?


  • MuddyLee on April 06, 2013 9:10 AM:

    Note that Brian Jones plays a hollow body guitar in most of the video, but a solid body in parts of it. And where's Mick's harmonica? This is a good bluesy song.

  • bluestatedon on April 06, 2013 10:47 AM:

    The video that Ed posted is not the Stones performing "Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man." It's a repeat-loop combination of at least two different live performances, one on a stage in a large auditorium venue, and the other that looks like a live TV performance in front of a shallow backdrop. In the latter, Brian is wearing a vest and is playing a hollow-body, but in the former he's got a dark sport coat on and playing his oval-shaped solid body. And neither of the performances show them playing the song Ed posted, since that's a studio cut that was on their 1965 album "Out of Our Heads."