I’m still shaking my head over the comments of Georgia congressman Phil Gingrey on “legitimate rape.” You have to appreciate he represents not only my home state but the area where I lived during high school, and where my in-laws live now. And he’s not even remotely the most outlandish extremist in the Georgia House Delegation: that would be Rep. Paul Broun, Jr., who represents the area where I went to law school. Maybe it’s time to write What’s the Matter With Georgia?
Anyway, here are some non-Georgia mid-day news morsels:
* Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) all but tells colleague Shelly Moore Capito she’d better toe right-wing line on debt limit or he’ll primary her for the Senate.
* TNR’s Alec MacGillis skewers WaPo editorial board for its “confused” anti-Hagel campaign.
* Slate‘s Dave Weigel reports on stale and discredited “partial default” proposals kicking around conservative circles.
* TAP’s Abby Rapoport discusses bipartisan revolt against high-stakes standardized tests in Texas, one of the country’s most hard-core testing states.
* Paul Krugman argues debt limit threats essentially ask Obama to break law by failing to borrow to cover debt when borrowing has already been authorized by Congress.
And in non-political news:
* Destiny’s Child reportedly reuniting for Superbowl half-time show.
Back after a quick lunch of curds and whey.