Political Animal


April 16, 2013 1:37 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

After (figuratively) holding our breaths for many hours, I think we are all coming to the realization that “answers” about the Boston bombings may not emerge for a long time. So life goes on, though not without continued reflection on yesterday’s tragedy.

Here are some mid-day morsels. Hope I got the microwave settings right:

* Well, some people just can’t wait to exploit the bombings: Rep. Steve King says possibility of immigrant involvement sufficient reason to delay reform legislation.

* Slate’s Dave Weigel explains circumstances of bombing that will make “truther”-style conspiracy theories difficult to sustain.

* At TNR, Lydia DePillis makes case marathons are the kind of event it’s impossible to completely make secure.

* Despite canceled press conference, Senate Gang of Eight to introduce legislation today (TPM has outline).

* SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe suggests Supremes may be headed to narrow decision outlawing patents on “isolated DNA.”

And in non-political news:

* Ozzy Osbourne reveals drug-booze relapse. Reminds me of the slogan of the Vortex Bar in Atlanta: “It’ Never Too Late to Start Wasting Your Life.”

Back after some quick moonlighting.

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.


  • Gandalf on April 16, 2013 2:29 PM:

    gosh I have to hand it to Steve king . Inever would have thought of it that way. I guess by that logic the possibility that christian conservatives might have done it would be a good reason to cancel Christmas.

  • Anonymous on April 16, 2013 2:43 PM:

    Hmm. Maybe that false flag was really a shiny object to take minds off gun control efforts ... especially since it was Patriots Day?

  • ComradeAnon on April 16, 2013 2:59 PM:

    At this point, I figure booze and drugs are the only thing keeping Ozzy alive.

  • Alan on April 16, 2013 3:36 PM:

    David Weigel is terribly ignorant if he thinks the last false-flag attack was the Reichstag fire. It would do Americans good to study Operation Gladio. There's an excellent BBC documentary about it on YouTube. Or the Lavon Affair, and many others.

  • Nancy Cadet on April 16, 2013 3:41 PM:

    On the austerity apologist beat, a refutation of ROGOFF and REINHART 's widely touted "research results" has been published. http://www.nextnewdeal.net/rortybomb/researchers-finally-replicated-reinhart-rogoff-and-there-are-serious-problems

    R&R are quoted by Paul Ryan et al. Should we hold our breath waiting for media outlets to cover this as generously as they did the bogus study with its Excelll error and questionable assumptions?

  • Joe Friday on April 16, 2013 7:02 PM:

    Speaking of Rep. Steve King, he was saying today that WE (the Royal we) may have cut back too far on spending for police, fireman, and first responders.

    Ah, Steve, you mean YOU REPUBLICANS have cut back too far on spending for police, fireman, and first responders.

    Welcome to the real world.