Political Animal


May 03, 2013 1:33 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Something about today’s chatter has me anticipating Happy Hour rather than thinking about food. As you munch these hors d’oeurvres, help me figure it out:

* Politico dives deep into the “Howard Kurtz saga.” Best quote from “source:” “He’s like the Dick Morris of media critics — just shoddy and out of the game.”

* Peggy Noonan drinks deeply from the bottomless cup of her Reagan elixir, blasting Obama for failing to work with GOPers like Ronnie worked with Tip.

* Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes takes the full plunge into the latest intelligence on the infinitely important subject of the Obama administration’s “talking points” on Benghazi! Benghazi!

* Justice Clarence Thomas takes a Big Gulp of the “plantation” meme by arguing that Obama became president because “elites” decided he sounded like a black man ought to sound.

* New York Times’ Binyamin Applebaum invites us to drown our sorrows in long-term data on job growth.

And in non-political news:

* People offers sage advice on choosing the right hat for tomorrow’s hoochaganza, the Kentucky Derby.

Back after a brief break, and no, I won’t imbibe until the sun is below the yardarm.

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.


  • collin on May 03, 2013 1:54 PM:

    Thinking all these Obama is a lame duck, being the best thing for Obummer to do is very little. And don't most second term Presidents have significant less changes? The economy is slowly coming back with job market gains completely coming from the private sectorwith public sector job drops. The debt is diminishing in size. The loss on gun control is completely benign because the bill did nothing but paperwork. And Obummer is doing everything to avoid getting sucked into Syria.

    Maybe this is the doing little is best for the country.

  • DJ on May 03, 2013 2:58 PM:

    Thinking is something collin does very, very, infrequently.

  • DRF on May 03, 2013 3:13 PM:

    Clarence Thomas has this conservative worldview that there is some sort of an "elite" that, along with the media, is united and makes decisions for the country. That's silly, but there is a kernel of truth in what he's saying here. Obama has been extraordinarily careful to present himself in a very non-threatening manner. That's deliberate and is intended to minimize the effect of the significant amount of fear that white America has in confronting African Americans. That's just the reality of contemporary America.

    To some extent this is true of any Presidential candidate, not just an African American. Voters don't like candidates who appear to be to radical or extreme, too ideological or too far off the center; that's largely about fear. The fear is, of course, exacerbated with an African American candidate/President.

  • Daryl McCullough on May 03, 2013 4:34 PM:

    That Clarence Thomas quote...that's the pot calling the kettle ... okay, I shouldn't complete that sentence.

    I don't think it's racist of me to assume that Clarence Thomas was only appointed to the Supreme Court because he's a black man who would rule exactly the way conservatives want him to.

  • buddy66 on May 03, 2013 4:49 PM:

    Probably the mention of Dick Morris did it. Just thinking about that nasty piece of work makes me want to have a drink. And a shower.

  • jjm on May 03, 2013 4:58 PM:

    So, Miss Noonan, is Obama supposed to cooperate with the GOP and kill Obamacare? Is he supposed to cooperate with the GOP and kill Medicare and Social Security? Is Obama supposed to cooperate with the GOP and order his DOJ to enforce DOMA? What??? Send more people to Guantanamo? Have a shooting war with Syria, Iran and North Korea?

    Really, Peggy Noonan, you are a pompous mean sorority girl. And the ideas promoted by the GOP that you want Obama to cooperate with are pure cr*p.

  • Anonymous on May 03, 2013 5:45 PM:

    "Peggy Noonan drinks deeply from the bottomless cup of her Reagan elixir, blasting Obama for failing to work with GOPers like Ronnie worked with Tip."

    And together they raised taxes seven times over five years in an effort to counteract the disastrous tax cuts previously enacted.

    Reaction to this historical reality from the American RightWing ?

    * CRICKETS *

  • Joe Friday on May 03, 2013 5:47 PM:

    Dang it.