Another day older, if not deeper in debt. But there’s still more to read:

* In terms of current ad buys in Michigan, Team Mitt is outspending Team Rick by a margin of 29 to 1. No wonder Santorum’s rhetoric is so over-the-top.

* At the same time, Romney’s inability to attract small donors means he could eventually tap out his donor base.

* Ben Adler breaks down the dynamics of the conservative media disciplinary machinery, explaining why GOP candidates never tack left.

* There’s more trouble in Bahrain, which is another reason you should read Kelly McEvers definitive account of the failure of the Arab Spring in that country.

* Xi Jinping comes to Washington and gives guarded, upbeat speech.

* Meanwhile, the country’s going gaga over Asian-American roundballer Jeremy Lin.

And in a final bit of non-political reading:

* Eatocracy succinctly defines what’s different about southern food.

Time to tie on the feedbag. See you tomorrow bright and early.


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.