Political Animal


April 05, 2013 2:09 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

It was the strongest news morning in a month or so, but now it’s Friday afternoon, so I’m sure we’ll settle down to a near-snooze unless the North Koreans really act out.

Here are some mid-day morsels to keep the machine running:

* Then there were four (unless I’m missing someone; this changes nearly every day): Red-state Democratic senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly announce support for marriage equality. Bill Nelson did the same yesterday afternoon. That leaves Johnson, Landrieu, Manchin and Pryor as the hold-outs, and also means a majority of U.S. Senators have come aboard.

* Scott Brown “won’t rule out” Senate run in New Hampshire in 2014, noting he was born there and still owns a house and pays taxes in the Granite State. Wait til he gets a load of the local Tea Party up there.

* Continuing his reinvention, Bob Woodward retroactively endorses Ford pardon of Nixon and calls Citizens United not a real problem.

* More war-talk: North Korea tells foreign embassies they might want to close by April 10 for safety reasons. Germany’s already evacuating diplomats.

* MoveOn, Democracy for America, and two other liberal groups blast Obama on Social Security “chained CPI” proposal.

And in non-political news:

* Bad buzz for The Barn: fairly or not, Auburn football program facing welter of allegations of wrong-doing.

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.


  • Perspecticus on April 05, 2013 2:51 PM:

    Of course the allegations of wrongdoing are fair. It's Auburn. Roll Tide Roll

  • HHG on April 05, 2013 3:55 PM:

    Born in NH or not, local Tea Party or not, NH isn't going to respond well to Brown because he will be a carpetbagger ('owns property' probably in this case means a ski condo or lake cottage), which NH won't take kindly to, let alone a carperbagger from Massachusetts. He won't rule it out, but its not gonna happen.

  • Joe Friday on April 05, 2013 4:21 PM:


    State-shopping. That will go over REAL well, Scotty.

  • schtick on April 05, 2013 5:50 PM:

    Woodward should just go away. And stay away.

  • Karen in SoCal on April 05, 2013 5:55 PM:

    If I never hear another word from fcking Bob Woodward it will be too soon.