Political Animal


April 09, 2013 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

As you might imagine from the Daylight Video, stayed up a bit late beginning the baby steps of an education in Arabic Rock. Don’t believe it conditioned me for submission to Shariah Law, but still, don’t tell any Tennessee legislators about it.

Here are some mid-day news/views samples, unwrapped for your consumption:

* Wonkblog’s Evan Soltas, writing at Bloomberg, offers the contrarian case against the existence of an “infrastructure crisis.”

* Adventures in branding: Martin O’Malley calling himself a “performance-driven progressive.” Perfectly legitimate in his case, but doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

* Guardian finds Thatcher still gets mixed reviews from today’s British public. She clearly didn’t benefit from the kind of retrospective glow most retired U.S. chief executives usually gain.

* Rand Paul headed to Howard University tomorrow to do the “outreach” thing. He’d be smart to anticipate and try to preempt questions about his very shaky support for historic civil rights legislation—unless his actual audience is elsewhere and he wants to elicit boos.

* Nouri Al-Maliki adds his two cents to the Iraq War retrospective in an odd WaPo op-ed that’s a mite defensive about his ties to Iran.

And in non-political news:

* Louisville wins men’s national basketball championship; Louisville women go for the sweep tonight.

Back after an actual meal break.

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.


  • stratplayer on April 09, 2013 2:28 PM:

    Rand Paul's "shaky support for historic civil rights legislation?" More like flat-out opposition thereto.

  • jkl; on April 09, 2013 5:11 PM:

    Indeed....he may just be pulling a Romney to get some boos so there is an appeal to the base. Romney admitted that eventually, if memory serves. I just came back from down south and racism remains rampant, obvious and ubiquitous. Stunning still.
    For a libertarian, Rand Paul is sure operates cafeteria style. Freedom for businesses but not for those of color.
    That is crazy.
    There are a lot of damning videos in which he's spoken all kinds of damning words. Naive for a doctor to have been so forthcoming before his election.