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January 02, 2013 6:34 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

It’s been a long day full of time-consuming distractions. Here’s what I’ve got in the way of leftovers and late news:

* Like Odysseus lashed to the mast, Boehner vows he will no longer listen to Siren Song offering one-on-one negotiations with the president.

* Christie joins other northeastern GOPers in blasting their party’s House Caucus for its Sandy Funding Fail.

* Reid announces extended-first-day-of-session gambit to delay deadline for filibuster reform.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein criticizes the standard liberal and conservative takes on the enactment of Obamacare.

* At College Guide, Richard Vedder questions the value of U.S. college-based research.

And in non-political news:

* Kobe Bryant calls his Lakers an “old damn team.”

I can relate, Kobe. Seeing that “2013” at the top of the newspapers and web sites makes me feel damn old, too.

Selah.

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.

Comments

  • Michael Robinson on January 02, 2013 9:41 PM:

    This:

    In closed-door meetings since leaving the "fiscal cliff" talks two weeks ago, lawmakers and aides say the Speaker has indicated he is abandoning that approach for good and will return fully to the normal legislative process in 2013 -- seeking to pass bills through the House that can then be adopted, amended or reconciled by the Senate.

    And this:

    Conservatives, however, are likely to want even more.

    "I'm looking for dramatic and drastic spending reductions," Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said Wednesday.

    So, Boehner has committed the House Republicans to publicly and explicitly state their desired dramatic spending reductions in the form of actual legislation, and then hold an actual vote on it before sending it off to the Democratic-controlled Senate to die?

    Ho, ho, ho. Christmas is coming late this year.

    Pass the popcorn. This is going to get good.

  • exlibra on January 02, 2013 9:44 PM:

    [...] Boehner vows he will no longer listen to Siren Song offering one-on-one negotiations with the president.

    Can't say I blame him. First he gets clobbered in private (by the President), then he gets smacked down in public (by his flock). If I were him, I'd take my vodka bottle to my own sandbox too.

    "ofeenth living". Is that an inebriated lithp, Craptcha?

  • RepubAnon on January 03, 2013 12:50 AM:

    Being as how Orange Julius didn't speak for the Republicans, why would President Obama negotiate with him rather than the Rep.Cantor?

  • max on January 03, 2013 6:16 AM:

    Like Odysseus lashed to the mast, Boehner vows he will no longer listen to Siren Song offering one-on-one negotiations with the president.

    Excellent!

    * Reid announces extended-first-day-of-session gambit to delay deadline for filibuster reform.

    Also excellent!

    At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein criticizes the standard liberal and conservative takes on the enactment of Obamacare.

    I agree with what he said, but I would say that Congressional addiction to Omnibus bills along with a petrified committee system is the problem, not part of the natural scenery that we should enjoy.

    At College Guide, Richard Vedder questions the value of U.S. college-based research.
    which gives me: "Science, however, like virtually everything else in life, is subject to the law of diminishing returns."

    Two problems. One, diminishing returns is the cost of doing business. We are substantially richer than we used to be, and if funded science like that we would perform better. Two, David Brooks wrote an idiot column a couple of years ago extolling the virtues of the 1980 change allowing universities to profit from their research. I submit that that last is a very very very bad idea, since it means that the unis are not free with their research (which is why we fund it in the first place) and it encourages researchers to work less at the uni so they can exit the system and start patenting things. The net net is that research that gets done has greatly dimished cascade effects which is very very bad. We should reverse that chaneg, university presidents be damned.

    max
    ['Some day, we were get out of the reverse gear.']