Political Animal


April 18, 2013 1:43 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry for the somewhat late start this morning, which I’ll blame on allergy medications and the insane desire for seven hours of sleep. But we’re definitely rolling along now.

Here are some mid-day new/views items for your noshing purposes:

* At WaPo, Brad Plumer offers some valuable background on the safety risks associated with fertilizer production and distribution (the Texas site of the current disaster was a retail distribution center).

* Max Read of Gawker unravels the latest dubious N.Y. Post “story” on Arab “suspects” in Boston bombings.

* Gabby Giffords calls down “shame” on senators voting to kill Manchin-Toomey bill in New York Times op-ed.

* TIME assigns Sarah Palin to do the write-up on Rand Paul in the mag’s latest “100 Most Influential people in the world” feature.

* At FiveThirtyEight, Derek Wills tracks colleagues’ campaign donations to identify vulnerable House members.

* Will Folks hints that additional leaks from Mark/Jenny Sanfords’ divorce files could administer coup de grace to former governor’s congressional campaign.

And in non-political news:

* Sopranos cast members showing up on “kids mob show” movie at Nickelodeon.

Back within an 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.


  • Ron Byers on April 18, 2013 2:57 PM:

    Instead of simply calling down well deserved shame on Republican senators who thwarted the will of 90% of Americans, we have to organize to punish them at the polls. That is why we hold elections. Until we do, they will remain beholden to special interests like the NRA.

  • Gandalf on April 18, 2013 3:10 PM:

    That's quite a style that Palin has in her write-up on old Rand. She used the term Capraesque to describe his filibuster. I for one was flabbergasted when I read it. Somehow I believe Capra would roll over choking in his grave if he knew his name would somehow be associated with a turd like Rand paul.

  • wihntr on April 18, 2013 3:25 PM:

    The whole list is a joke. Among the 100 most influential of the 7 billion souls on the planet we see a pop artist, a gadget designer, an agent for pop singers (only one whose names I recognized) a pro basketball player... and Paul Jr???

    This is part of reason I stopped reading TIME over 30 years ago, unless trapped in the dentist's waiting room.

  • Steve P on April 18, 2013 4:19 PM:

    "TIME assigns Sarah Palin to do the write-up on Rand Paul in the mag’s latest “100 Most Influential people in the world” feature."

    And I'll see it if the wait at the doctor's office is long enough--seriously, does anyone actually subscribe to that thing? For NEWS?

  • Renai on April 18, 2013 4:47 PM:

    Okay, compare the last two sentences with the rest of the piece and tell me our Sarah didn't get a bit of "help" with her write-up?

    I assume her ghost writer meant Frank but perhaps Fritjof fits better:

    "to the Buddha or to the Bomb, and it is up to each of us to decide which path to take."