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February 18, 2013 5:35 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Well, thank God for Republican self-evaluations, such as they are, or I would have struggled to find much to write about today. Here are some final bites from the bottom of the cookie jar:

* Politico’s David Rogers looks into why John McCain so decisively turned against Hagel, and confirms it’s all about Lindsey!

* Jonathan Bernstein mulls Senate retirement patterns.

* Mississippi gets around to ratifying the 13th Amendment!

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack talks to Jonathan Cohn about health reform.

* At College Guide, Naomi Schaefer Riley argues today’s college admissions essays help make kids “stupid and selfish.”

And in non-political news:

* Average U.S. gasoline prices have risen for 32 consecutive days.

To close this Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday, here are the Presidents of the United States of America again performing “Volcano.”

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

  • FlipYrWhig on February 18, 2013 6:49 PM:

    The same Naomi Schaefer Riley who embarrassed herself trashing dissertations in black studies for the Chronicle? Uh, thanks but no thanks on _that_ bridge to nowhere.

  • exlibra on February 18, 2013 7:56 PM:

    Sorry, Ed. Gas prices are, definitely, political news, especially when they're going up.

    Whenever gas prices go up, Repubs start screeching "drill here, drill now!" and "drill, baby drill!" even louder than usual, insist that recycling centers should be Closed! Now!, and remove terms like "climate change" from the dictionaries. They also start demanding that all regulatory bodies (job killers!) should be abolished, immediately. And that Obama should be impeached, like, yesterday. How's that non-political?

    "orksMSI crevices", sez Craptcha and is right, as usual. There are -- very political -- orcs in every crevice...

  • Jim, FL on February 18, 2013 9:46 PM:

    Sorry, Ed. Gas prices are, definitely, political news, especially when they're going up.
    If I were a paranoid lefty, I might think there were some relation to the upcoming donnybrook about the Keystone pipeline. Nah, just that's just kooky talk.

  • Crissa on February 19, 2013 4:20 AM:

    The irony about Keystone XL and gas prices? Part of the investors' documentation states that they expect the pipeline to increase gas prices in the midwest by making the market more fluid.

    In other words, only someone devoted to lying or being lied to supports Keystone for 'lower gas prices'.

  • max on February 19, 2013 4:59 AM:

    To close this Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday, here are the Presidents of the United States of America again performing “Volcano.”

    You missed a trick by not using 'Lump' with regards to Senator McCain.

    max
    ['Oh, well.']

  • James M on February 19, 2013 9:33 AM:

    Joe Scarborough took a lot of heat here over the weekend but I think you will find this segment discussing BO's negotiation style very interesting.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3036789/ns/msnbc-morning_joe/#50854165

    I almost agree with him...!