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February 27, 2013 5:17 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Raced through so many posts early this afternoon that I’m actually wrapping up a few minutes early for a change, with a couple of ideas for early tomorrow rattling around the noggin. For now, here are some odds and ends, big and little:

* Lyle Denniston’s analysis of VRA oral argument a bit more optimistic than most in suggesting Justice Kennedy might find way to uphold Section 5 in some form, just as he did last time the Supremes heard this kind of case. We’ll just have to wait and see, and marvel at Kennedy’s power.

* At TNR Marin Cogan discusses the perils of the “source-date,” a.k.a. old men in politics misunderstanding friendly curiosity from female journalists as romantic or sexual interest.

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent reports GOP actually losing ground in public opinion despite alleged post-election “makeovers.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll debunks Jeff Sessions’s spin on GAO study estimating long-term cost of Obamacare.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer evaluates impact of sequester on colleges and college students. It’s pretty bad.

And in non-political news:

* Shocker: British study shows people consistently under-estimate how much they drink.

To usher you into the evening, here again is Apocalyptica covering “Enter Sandman” live in Dusseldorf.

Or perhaps you’d prefer the original Metallica version as enjoyed by Virginia Tech football fans in their regular pre-game ritual:


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.


  • JR on February 27, 2013 5:27 PM:

    As nervous as I've been about the VRA and the Supremes, reading the earlier post made me think: Remember all the fears around Obamacare?

    It ain't over until it's over, and I do believe there are still one or two justices (aside from Breyer and the ladies) who consider the impact on society.

  • AndrewBW on February 27, 2013 7:04 PM:

    My favorite version is the one that heralds the entrance of Mariano Rivera.

  • Joe Friday on February 27, 2013 7:32 PM:


    Tempers flared during a senate hearing on an assault weapons ban, as Lindsey Graham clashed with Edward Flynn, the Milwaukee police chief. Graham was focused on the limited prosecution of background check violations -- which Republicans have highlighted as evidence that it would be more effective to enforce laws already on the books than to write new ones.

    "We don't chase paper, we chase armed criminals," Flynn snapped back.

    Flynn went on to say, "I want to stop 76,000 people from buying guns illegally. If you think we're gonna do paperwork prosecutions, you're wrong. It's time for congress to pick a side, this time I hope it's law enforcement."

  • Kathryn on February 27, 2013 8:43 PM:

    Chief Flynn was great, slapped Lindsey right down and his phony argument. He was smart, better informed and talked right over that world class jerk. Reporters and Democratic elected would do well to emulate, very refreshing.

  • jkl; on February 27, 2013 8:43 PM:

    Re: British study:
    People absolutely under-report their drinking. That is a fact.

    And re: Jeff Sessions--does he even graduate from middle school? He seems like the grown up version of the kid playing banjo in the movie 'Deliverance.'

  • Anonymous on February 27, 2013 11:44 PM:

    Video OMFG.

  • MassivRuss on February 27, 2013 11:52 PM:

    JR - so are you sanguine at the prospect of the Supremes tearing down ACA in 50 years?

  • Robert Merkel on February 28, 2013 7:10 AM:

    It's not on YouTube, but FourPlay String Quartet, did a fully acoustic cover of Enter Sandman quite some time ago. If you can find a version (it's on Spotify) it's worth a listen - as is there other material

  • Joan on February 28, 2013 7:30 AM:

    I'm missing something with this sequester, all govt depts
    have a big cut in funding. Homeland security releases some non-violent undocumented immigrants, the GOP has a hissy fit 'How dare they release these people'
    So will they give back to money to hold these people?

  • jkl; on February 28, 2013 7:46 AM:

    Here's truth impaired Republican Paul Ryan on video-- saying supportive remarks about the sequester back in 2011.
    Now he and other republicans, including those on Morning Joe program, continually twist the truth by calling it the president's sequester.
    Republicans don't seem to realize words are captured on video and easily retrieved. So out of touch.


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