Happy Hour Roundup

January 31, 2013

1. Lots of reactions to what appears to have been a very bad day for Chuck Hagel. Spencer Ackerman has a good roundup of what happened.

2. I’ll stick to what I said earlier that this public hearing won’t matter much one way or another. However, Josh Rogin reports that Republicans who previously said they were neutral are now turning against Hagel.

Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), left, talks with committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.). (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), left, talks with committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.). (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

3. One problem for Hagel? How to respond to out-of-context quotes. Ted Cruz was the biggest culprit, as Dave Weigel explains.

4. An important piece by Neil Irwin on debt, deficits and the Paul Krugman/Joe Scarborough clash.

5. I always like a reminder, such as this one from Kevin Drum, that no one actually cares about the deficit.

6. “The GOP discovers PC” —  Garance Franke-Ruta on Republicans trying to learn how to talk without offending key constituencies. Good piece, but I’ll note that the party of Sarah Palin has always been extremely aggressive about enforcing some of the ways people talk about politics.

7. While Adam Serwer reports on immigration reform and what conservatives might do to stop it — or not.

8. More data on gun issues remaining on the public opinion front burner from Joshua Tucker — the legislative results are unknown, but in public opinion it really is different this time.

9. Will Republicans once again leave Senate seats on the table in 2014? Nate Silver looks at the early indications.

10. Ed Kilgore, for one, is looking forward to the Paul Broun campaign for the open Georgia seat.

11. On the other hand, Democrats could wind up giving away a seat: Steve Kornacki on the Robert Menendez scandals.

12. John DiIulio, George W. Bush’s “faith-based” czar, praises Barack Obama’s efforts on that issue.

13. Via Sarah Posner, who has the story behind Dilulio’s column.

14. And Ta-Nehisi Coates on “30 Rock.”

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