Political Animal


April 17, 2013 4:35 PM Afternoon Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Ugh. I wrote this post at the usual Lunch Buffet time, but didn’t publish it because Ryan had a post in the queue. Then I forgot to go back and change “unpublished” to “published,” which is why it’s going up so very late. Sorry! Blame all the DayQuil I’m taking!

If you are still hungry, here are some mid-day news/views items in various sizes and shapes:

* Letters containing ricin sent to Wicker, Obama. “Suspicious packages” popping up all over Senate mail system. Hart Senate Office Building briefly evacuated.

* TPM’s Brian Beutler notes House Republicans no longer demanding “regular order” on budget measures now that Senate’s passed a budget resolution the House refuses to go to conference to discuss.

* New Zealand becomes 13th country to legalize same-sex marriage.

* RCP’s Scott Conroy says Republicans who know nothing about hip-hop most impressed by Marco Rubio’s supposed street cred.

* At WaPo, good analysis by Jamelle Bouie on what each side gave up and gained in Gang of Eight immigration bill.

And in non-political news:

* Singer Adele refuses to ink rich deal for memoir because she’s too young. Refreshing.

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 17, 2013 5:28 PM:

    Most of the people I know that like rap are perfectly alright with the fact that I don't care for hip hop or rap. If they like it that's fine with me. Real street cred comes from standing for something. Whether you like blues or rock or rap and not judging someone elses tastes based on your own is how one aqyures street cred.

  • Wapiti on April 17, 2013 5:31 PM:

    I understand that ricin is a poison and all, but has it ever been used effectively, beside that one time someone used a poison-tipped umbrella to kill a Bulgarian?

    I remember the corporate media being besides themselves when "ricin-precursors" were discovered at an Iraqi site - a plant that made castor oil. But I haven't heard of anyone actually using the stuff effectively on people. Like these letters - if someone ate a letter, maybe there would be a problem, but otherwise?

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on April 18, 2013 8:49 AM:

    Re Rubio's supposed street cred

    Granted, many GoOpers know even less about hip hop/rap music than Rubio, so I guess it's natural that they would think that Rubio was down or something like that. But to the general populace, Rubio's posturing is hella whack.

    I'm black. And I live in Baltimore. But I don't even try to pretend like I listen to a whole lot rap/hip hop music. I just found out what "YOLO" meant, and I'm still trying to figure out just what, exactly, is "molly"... Though I have a small but up-to-date hip hop selection in my library, I'll admit to not knowing shit about shit when it comes to hip hop. And if I know every song that Marco Rubio knows, he don't know shit either!!! It's just standard top 40 radio.

    But if there were one on the Right who did know a lot about rap music, I would put my money on Rush. I'm willing to speculate that he knows so much about Jay-Z and "sizzurp" because he probably blows his weekends in Atlanta strip clubs. I doubt he googled that info...