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May 03, 2013 5:59 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Another day, another long impassioned penultimate post that probably won’t be read by too many people. So it goes; even for bloggers, the muse goes whither it wants.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Conservative robopoll of SC-1 shows Sanford and Colbert-Busch dead even going into the final weekend of campaigning. Very high MoE and interesting timing.

* Yglesias provides a quick refresher course in Keynesianism.

* Brownstein argues that Obama’s only important “leadership failure” is losing focus on improving the economy.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein lays out a strategy for Democrats to pursue during the next “sequester” crisis.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the use of slick marketing efforts to mislead “low-information college applicants.”

And in non-political news:

* PETA’s protest billboard at Churchill Downs apparently effective enough to convince pre-Derby revelers to put down their drinks to take pictures of it.

Speaking of drinks…. I’m out, and Kathleen Geier will be back tomorrow for Weekend Blogging.

To end the day, here again are The Who, with a fine performance of “I Can See For Miles” in 1968. The camera often focuses on Townshend’s windmilling and the hilariously self-absorbed crowd of people dancing, but it’s Keith Moon’s drumming that makes this song amazing.


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.


  • Joe Friday on May 03, 2013 7:01 PM:

    Message from today's NRA rally in Houston to the Newtown families:

    Stay home and stop asking our Republicans in Congress so many questions

    They're feelin' the heat.

  • Joe on May 03, 2013 7:09 PM:

    "post that probably won't be read by too many people."
    Hey Ed,
    I read your posts every day and always find them enlightening.
    Sometimes I'm outraged at the bullcrap that passes for politics in this country, but feel the need to be informed anyway.
    Thanks for all the great work you do, we ARE out here reading.
    Have a fine weekend!

  • punaise on May 03, 2013 7:29 PM:

    Before your shift change, Mr. Blogtender, can you pour me a Manhattan? Much obliged.

    thx for the Who vids. big fan of "Who's Next" and "Quadrophenia".

  • Hue & Cry on May 03, 2013 7:31 PM:

    Noteworthy jobs report today, unemployment where it was back in 2008, and Dow Jones index goes above 15,000 points.
    I bet Republicans were squirming to make this into bad news. Probably have some colitis by now.

    I suspect it is well known near and far that it's Republican obstructionism that's affecting what can be accomplished in Washington, and PA. Senator Pat Toomey *cannot* walk back remarks no matter how panicked they made him feel after saying the gun bill failed since Republicans refuse to give the president a victory.

    PA. Governor Corbett is flailing about with negative ratings in Pennsylvania and is becoming one term Tom most assuredly.

    Captcha has the word "con"

  • TheOtherJim on May 03, 2013 7:52 PM:

    Wow... The Who were my Favorite. Live. Band. Ever. Back in the old days, of course, when bands could still play "small" venues like the Fillmore East. And Keith? Who else drums like that when they're supposed to just sync with the prerecorded track?

    Who tidbit: In some photos of Pete Townshend -- the cover of The Who Sell Out comes to mind -- you can see how bashed his knuckles are from that windmill thing he does. Sometimes he missed... Thanks for the memory, Ed!

  • golack on May 03, 2013 8:46 PM:

    still waiting for the ultimate post ;)

  • Solomon on May 03, 2013 8:51 PM:

    punaise and TheOther:
    Definitely agree with both of you. They were the best live band ever, except for The Dead. Nobody ever could put on a show like Jerry & Co. Keith Moon, God bless him, was rock percussion's genius, loud, outlandish, and splendid. I think no one in his era could equal him. He was over the top on stage and off stage, which killed him too early. And Pete lost part of his hearing because of their showmanship.
    Keith was a great friend of Ringo and Harry Nilsson, among others. Nilsson Schmillson is a great album, by the way.

  • A passerby on May 03, 2013 10:42 PM:

    I read you.

    Nice video. Good band.

  • Olie on May 03, 2013 11:08 PM:

    Nice SG Pete has

  • NealB on May 04, 2013 12:33 AM:

    "Wherever you think {revolutionary rhetoric is] coming from, it needs to stop, and if it canít stop, it must be made disreputable as part of ordinary partisan politics."

    Revolutionary rhetoric? That's the problem that's got to stop? Really?

    Here's some revolutionary rhetoric for you: let's finally put former and current slave-owners and slave-drivers down, once an for all. That's revolutionary rhetoric. You think that's got to stop?

  • Marlowe on May 04, 2013 10:41 AM:

    The Who are my favorite band of all time and they are wonderful fun to watch here (or at least Townshend and Moon are; Entwhistle and--more surprisingly--Daltrey are largely MIA). However, this is not really a great performance of I Can See For Miles--the band is obviously lypsynching and pantomining to the original recording, though quite energetically so to be sure.

  • Gregory Scott on May 05, 2013 3:41 AM:

    What's really astounding is that the British kids can't dance worth spit.