Political Animal


May 07, 2013 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m declaring it “Satisfaction Day” at PA in honor of the 48th anniversary of the composition of that tune, and will post a few alternative versions during the rest of the day. And here are some mid-day snacks of news and views:

* Big news from Louisiana: State Supreme Court declares Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program (or at least its use of funds diverted from public schools) unconstitutional.

* Internet sales tax bill bogs down in House after Senate passage. Rehearsal for immigration bill?

* More adventures in “rebranding:” Illinois GOP chairman pushed out of job for “personal” support of marriage equality.

* Progressives United coalition announces temporary boycott of ads on Facebook after rejection of ad criticizing Mark Zuckerberg’s support for Keystone XL Pipeline.

* Chris Christie’s lap-band surgery disclosed; a little easier than Huck’s diet-and-exercise regime.

And in non-political news:

* Tim Tebow, who just lost his gig as the #3 quarterback for the New York Jets, rated “most influential American athlete” by Forbes.

Back after some 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.


  • red rabbit on May 07, 2013 2:26 PM:

    This is one situation where I'm glad the House is dominated by anti-tax ideologues. The states have a legitimate gripe, and it needs to be addressed at some point, but I view this as similar to increasing other sales taxes as an alternative or an offset to increased income taxes on the wealthy.
    It burdens the poor, middle and working class that can least afford any additional burdens at this time. The fact that the disfunctional Senate can't seem to pass anything other than this tells you all you need to know about how screwed up the system is, and who's calling the shots.

  • boatboy_srq on May 07, 2013 2:43 PM:

    RE: Internet sales tax: I'm torn between a) sympathy for states that aren't seeing the benefit of the sales taxes, and general grumpiness that Amazon is fast becoming the Walmart of the Web; b) frustration that the only tax "increase" that we can get is 1) state-centred and 2) a consumption tax; and c) wondering exactly how much Web commerce will shift offshore (and out of reach) if the tax passes.

    RE: Jindal's woes: ACTIVIST JUDGES!11!1! You can just hear it, can't you? The moment something the Reichwing does that isn't kosher according to The Document gets smacked back down, that's the one thing the wingnuts run back to.

    Re: IL GOP: that "big tent" keeps shrinking. Maybe they should stop whitewashing it.

  • Listener on May 07, 2013 2:44 PM:

    Otis Redding's 'Satisfaction' is the bomb, maybe better than the original.

  • avahome on May 07, 2013 2:45 PM:

    I don't want purchases taxed. I want senators to realize that the great shipping commerce, Fed-Ex, UPS, USPS or whatever delivery agent is used is doing well. I want freight to get its due.... Just who do you think delivers WalMart's special orders???? That's right not the WalMart semi!

  • Paul Gottlieb on May 07, 2013 2:51 PM:

    Kudos to Chris Christie! I fully intend to vote against him in November, but it would be tragic to see a relatively young, vigorous guy, and the father of young children, die prematurely because of a serious obesity problem. I hope he will encourage other people with serious obesity issues to consider the same solution. In American society there is far to much easy prejudice against "overweight" people, many of whom are quite healthy, but it was obvious that Christie's problem was serious and health endangering. I'm glad he confronted it.

  • biggerbox on May 07, 2013 3:20 PM:

    Someone should tell Forbes that the words "most influential" do not mean what they think they mean.


  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on May 07, 2013 3:44 PM:

    Re Forbes on Tim Tebow

    Wowser... I've always thought that the Forbes Most Whatever list were rather suspect. Suspicions confirmed.

  • Pollysi on May 07, 2013 4:47 PM:

    There are a lot of people in Arkansas who think that Huckabee also underwent surgery. He claimed to have lost 75 pounds in four months--an astounding loss if it were only diet and exercise.

    "The New York Times reporters expressed astonishment at the rapidity of Huckabee’s weight loss, stating he had been 'shedding weight so rapidly that it was as if he simply unzipped a fat suit and stepped out.' The NYT’s amazement is because such rapid loss is so atypical for a diet and exercise regimen, in which a favorable 6 month weight loss is 5-10% of body weight, a far cry from Huckabee’s 26%. Huckabee’s 75 lb. in 6 months was at a clip of 0.4 lbs/day, a 1400 calorie daily deficit."

  • Joe Friday on May 07, 2013 7:09 PM:

    You beat me to it, Paul.

    Good for Christie. He may be an ignorant fraudulent jackass, but I would hate to see him die prematurely when he has such young children.

    I guess it's too much to expect an arrogant fool like him to apologize to former White House doctor, Connie Mariano, who publicly worried that Christie could die in office, and who he told to "Shut Up".

    Apparently, it was right after that public embarrassment that Christie sought assistance in getting surgery.

  • KK on May 08, 2013 10:28 AM:

    All for the tax. Was should my local merchant that employees people, pays real estate taxes, pays other merchants including maintenance etc. be at a competitive disadvantage? It is ridiculous and I am glad they are trying to address the problem. Btw, connectivity and Internet shopping online is generally tougher for poor folk then wealthy folk.

  • bmcchgo on May 08, 2013 11:01 AM:

    We certainly can commend Mike Huckabee for losing the weight the old-fashion way Ed, but have you seen him lately? Looks like he put it all back on.