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November 29, 2012 5:21 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Happy to finish up a 13th post in time for a good post-jet-lag nap, and then maybe that Dexter episode I fell asleep during last night. Here are some final items of the day:

* Final contested House seat awarded to incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre of NC, giving Dems a net gain of 8 seats in 2012.

* Depressing WaPo Style Section piece on increasing reliance of local news programs on canned “national” coverage.

* Fascinating Erick Erickson post on incestuous relationships of RNC, Romney campaign, Super-Pacs/501(c)(4)s, and campaign consultants. Seriously, pop some popcorn and read it.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein explains again why a “talking filibuster” rule could be worse for the majority than the minority.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that Rick Scott is emulating Rick Perry’s bad “cheap degree” proposal, which means nothing if costs are just shifted to other schools.

And in non-political news:

* NASA announces Messenger probe has found evidence of ice on Mercury. Guess a snowball might have a chance in Hell.


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.


  • T2 on November 29, 2012 5:31 PM:

    a comment on the WaPo article about local news...I noticed during the summer that my local FOX affiliate began sprinkling pure FOXNEWS reports in with the local news. What I'm talking about is the Propaganda Wing of the Republican Party type "news"...totally slanted. This wasn't the case before. For instance, they'll have the guy who usually gives FOXNEWS business reports come on to tell us " the Market suffered another bad day due to the Obama Administration's failed Stimulus" - stuff like that. Now I just watch another channel. If enough people do that, maybe they'll go back to just telling me what streets are being closed for this weeks 20K run.

  • Joe Friday on November 29, 2012 7:34 PM:

    Now that Palestine has been officially recognized by the United Nations as an observer state, if they successfully join the International Criminal Court, the Israeli RightWing is gonna be in deep shit. They will no longer be able to routinely commit war crimes and atrocities without being dragged into the dock or the subject of international arrest warrants, with other nations that are party to the ICC under obligation to arrest them if they land in their territory.

  • Helen Bedd on November 29, 2012 7:56 PM:

    This might seem way off topic, but I have to note the recent passing of Chris Stamp, who along with Kit Lambert started Track Records which released "Fire" by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

  • AndrewBW on November 29, 2012 9:49 PM:

    If you read the Erickson post, be sure to pay attention to the comments. They have a charm all their own.

  • exlibra on November 29, 2012 10:23 PM:

    Erickson quotes a NYTimes graphic, showing all that overlap. The graphic, presumably considered a *bad thing* by the NYT, was posted in *February* of this year.

    I'm too lazy to check, but I would bet my last low-taxed invested dollar, that, at the time -- when it might have looked like there'd be a tasty (if slightly tainted) fruit of that incest (like, Romney winning) -- Erickson had no objections to that "whole lot of incest going on", and would have, vociferously, denounced the Times for trying to abort it. It's only now, that the right has been properly roto-tilled by the greedy free-market forces, that he's incensed, all of a sudden. Well, dahlink... Cry me a river; you know what hey say -- live by the sword...

  • T2 on November 30, 2012 9:30 AM:

    Track Records...immortalized on The Who Sell Out

  • Wayne N. Gibbous on November 30, 2012 9:45 AM:

    When I was in high school, I loved that song. Seeing the video now just makes me laugh. Where are the horns, by the way? And how does the bass player get away with having his tie dangle on top of the strings? Maybe wearing it that way creates some great sound effects. I'm guessing the Crazy World of Arthur Browne a one-hit wonder.