Political Animal


July 24, 2013 1:54 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

A strange morning of warmed-over not-news and impending news. Here are some mid-day items with nutritional promise:

* The president’s Knox College speech frames fight for full economic recovery as one between his “middle class agenda” and Republican obstructionists promoting inequality. More later.

* Matt Bevin formally announces primary challenge to Mitch McConnell with thinly-veiled encouragement of national conservative groups.

* McConnell at odds with growing Senate GOP coalition—including Cruz and Rubio—wanting to make Obamacare de-funding center of appropriations fight.

* Spitzer quickly denies any backsliding into hooker use as Weiner firestorm rages.

* At TAP, Paul Waldman meditates on the plight of Huma Abedin, “Mrs. Carlos Danger.”

And in non-political but blotting-out-the-sun news:

* New prince named George Alexander Louis.

Back after a lunch break, but here’s Doug & the Slugs with “Too Bad,” which could be a commentary on Weiner’s fate.

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.


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