Political Animal


April 22, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

When you start the week with little or no actual news but plenty of snarling, it kinda makes you want a nature break. I’m thinking about heading to the Monterey Bay to watch the baby seals.

Here are some mid-day news/views bites with varying levels of crispiness:

* Glenn Beck still flogging “Saudi National” angle on Boston bombings.

* The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf argues second wind for GWOT hawks shouldn’t obscure fact that their prescriptions have all pretty much proved to be disastrous.

* Sequestration furloughs beginning to kick in: viz. fact that 80% of OMB staffers out today.

* At TNR, Jeffrey Rosen deplores Obama administration’s past and present undermining of Miranda protections.

* Senate immigration hearing off to fine start as Schumer and Grassey get into shouting match over relevance of Boston bombings.

And in non-political news:

* Sporting News rates Ryan Leaf biggest NFL Draft bust of them all.

Back after my baby seal 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.


  • boatboy_srq on April 22, 2013 2:15 PM:

    Iím thinking about heading to the Monterey Bay to watch the baby seals.

    ... and my brain took that line and did the most awful Camper Van Beethoven thing with it...

  • low-tech cyclist on April 22, 2013 2:19 PM:

    Iím thinking about heading to the Monterey Bay to watch the baby seals.

    My immediate twisted thought was "club one for me, Ed!"

  • Tigershark on April 22, 2013 2:32 PM:

    Won't argue with you about Ryan Leaf.

  • boatboy_srq on April 22, 2013 2:35 PM:

    @low-tech cyclist: we're on the same wavelength - I was thinking of Take the Seals Clubbing, the follow up should-have-been-hit from CVB after (their actual alternative radio fave) Take the Skinheads Bowling.

  • mudwall jackson on April 22, 2013 2:41 PM:

    who is glenn beck?

  • T2 on April 22, 2013 3:22 PM:

    have you ever noticed how quickly GOP congressmen go on tilt when confronted with their own statements or policies?

  • Crissa on April 22, 2013 3:29 PM:

    THR, as usual, completely washes Republicans out of the public face of the country when describing the ills. The country isn't made by the 20-30% liberal unit alone.