Day’s End and New Year’s Watch

Wound up with the usual number of posts after hoping for a light blogging day. But chronicling the ragged end of the political year seemed necessary. As with many big and small tax provisions, we’ll just have to have some observations carry over into 2013. Here’s what we’ve got left for the day:

* Something sadly real amidst today’s Kabuki: Lillian Lewis, who introduced her husband John to electoral politics, died today.

* Barney Frank announces opposition to Chuck Hagel as a putative Secretary of Defense.

* Sean Hannity lost half his audience in the weeks after Obama’s re-election. Some nice New Year’s Eve schadenfreude, but I doubt Sean is having to downgrade brands of champagne tonight.

* At Ten Miles Square, Sarah Binder assesses the new “bipartisan” filibuster “reform” proposal with a jaundiced eye.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer gives a lukewarm rating to Ohio’s new plan to subsidize internships and co-op opportunities.

And in non-political news:

* Congrats to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for their win over Southern Cal in the Sun Bowl today, breaking a seven-year bowl losing streak. I’m a big-time Georgia Bulldog fan, but tend to cheer for the Dirt Daubers when they are playing other teams, particularly other teams coached by Lane Kiffin.

And speaking of bowl games, I’ll be watching several tomorrow (particularly the Capital One Bowl), but will be posting occasionally, especially if the other shoe drops on a fiscal deal.

Thanks to all readers for hanging with PA during 2012, and we’ll do what we can to keep you interested, informed and entertained in the New Year, as the wheel makes another turn.

Selah.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.