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September 26, 2013 5:57 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Getting ready for my second red-eye flight of the week, fortified with a heavy tome on the Croation Ustasa movement that conducted its very own genocide during World War II. But I’ll be on the East Coast for the new few weekdays, which will help with the early-morning posts.

Here are some final items of a stormy day of frightful threats:

* Amidst continuing intra-GOP wrangling over which hostage to take, Boehner reported to be considering “one more round of legislative ping-pong” on CR before moving on to debt limit bill. Unbelievable.

* Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Rick Perry’s heir-apparent, shows he’s a chip off the old demagogue with a threat of legal action to stop U.S. accession to an arms trade treaty opposed by the NRA.

* Demint denies 2012 election results had anything to do with Obamacare because Romney refused to “litigate” the issue sufficiently. So why didn’t oppose his nomination, Jim? Were you out running errands all year?

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein game-plans Boehner’s course of action on the CR and the debt limit. The only non-calamitous final result is a debt limit surrender accomplished by massive violation of the Hastert Rule. And there goes the gavel.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer explains why SAT scores always trend downward, and why it doesn’t matter.

And in non-political news:

* Bill Gates admits control/alt/delete login command just a big mistake.

That’s it for the day. Let’s take some courage from a final Captain Beefheart/Magic Band classic about a farmer kicking the devil’s butt, “The Floppy Boot Stomp,” performed live at My Father’s Place in 1978. Hoodoo Hoedown!


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.


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