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May 02, 2013 5:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Don’t know why I tend to do big ponderous think-posts like the last one late in the day; let’s blame it on the time zone issue.

In any event, before my blogging headache gets worse, here are some final items of a fairly busy day:

* National Review’s Robert Costa, who knows his Republicans, gives an inside look at the wellsprings of Rand Paul’s presidential campaign.

* Daily Beast fires Howard Kurtz for crummy reporting on Jason Collins case—and general negligence towards his job.

* West Virginia accepts Medicaid expansion; Florida legislature about to adjourn without taking action.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Zasloff reports on the latest efforts by agribusiness lobbyists to stop food aid reforms.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer warns the backlash against standards-based education reform is reaching critical mass—with no real strategy for replacing it in sight.

And in non-political news:

* Hines Ward says he would support any gay football player who decided to come out—but the League “not ready.” Depressing.

So let’s close the day with a different version of “Shady Grove,” by Quicksilver Messenger Service, from the 1969 album of that same name:


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.


  • Carl on May 02, 2013 7:43 PM:

    With the inimitable Nicky Hopkins on piano...

  • buddy66 on May 02, 2013 8:09 PM:

    Ah, Quicksilver...

    When my daughter was 16 I took her and her best friend to the San Francisco Fillmore Auditorium to see a triple bill: Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, and Quicksilver. The admission was -- wait for it -- $2 a head!

    And free apples.

  • Cranky Observer on May 02, 2013 9:17 PM:

    = = = Itís too early to know if this opposition really constitutes a meaningful backlash or just a small group of naysayers. Most of the reasons Tierney offers for a growing counterattack focus on the fact that the reforms arenít working, not that citizens and policymakers actually object to them. But clearly somethingís going on here. = = =

    Couldn't be that Michelle Rhee, Arnie Duncan, and their Republican backers (Peterson Foundation, etc) are frauds? No, unpossible.


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