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October 08, 2013 5:53 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’m trying to maintain a sense of detachment about the impending debt limit disaster, but am struggling. I didn’t think I could get much angrier at today’s extremist GOP than I already was, but these SOBs are now toying with national disaster for reasons that even their own twisted priorities can’t justify. For shame.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Bloomberg’s Hunter and Strohm count seven Senate Republicans—enough to support a cloture vote if at least 53 Democrats hold together—who are “open” to a “clean” debt limit bill.

* Conservatives making big deal out of fact that Obama did not receive any questions on Obamacare at today’s presser. Dave Weigel reminds us whose fault that is (hint! hint! the party that forced a government shutdown and is threatening a debt default).

* TAP’s Paul Waldman takes a closer look at the GOP “moderates” who could help push through a clean CR or debt limit increase.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rachel Cohen speculates about the possible revival of Mitch McConnell’s 2011 proposal to make the president totally responsible for debt limit increases.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys plays out scenario where Obama lifts debt ceiling without Congress’ consent, is then impeached by the House—and comes out with a boost in popularity.

And in sorta non-political news:

* On “International Day of the Girl Child,” UN focuses on fighting child marriages.

Let’s close the day with one more seasonal song, which, like the one which began the day, has a social justice theme: Big Country’s version of “Harvest Home,” performed in New York in 1986.

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.

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