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October 16, 2013 6:20 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

If you are excited about the end-game of the Debt Deal, you can follow it on Politico, which is chronicling developments breathlessly, bless their little hearts.

Here are some final items of the day:

* TNR’s Michael Schaffer has an amusing pictorial summary of extremist figures—ranging from Colonel Kurtz and Sonny Corleone to Trotsky, Mao and even the French right-wing “populist” Poujade—to which pundits have compared GOPers during the fiscal crisis. I call dibs on Stalin.

* Meanwhile, Pew shows Ted Cruz’ favorable/unfavorable ration among Tea Folk rising to 74/8, but going underwater among non-Tea GOPers.

* And speaking of the Texan, GOP consultant Alex Castellanos compares Cruz to a sex-crazed snowshoe hare, which discomfits Anderson Cooper.

* Dow predictably soars on Deal news.

* At Ten Miles Square, Colin Woodward shows that “shutdown caucus” of conservative extremists in Congress are from increasingly isolated parts of the country.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys ponders renewed evidence that government-haters don’t like government shutdowns.

And in non-political news:

* Here’s a new one: Michigan newspaper editor sues complaining readers for defaming her. But the judge threw out the suit.

That’s it for Deal Day. In a final tribute to October 16’s many anniversary events, here’s Curved Air performing “Marie Antoinette” on Belgian TV in 1972 to commemorate her beheading 220 years ago today.

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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