Day’s End and Night Watch

Really didn’t intend for this whole day to be about the GOP presidential candidates, but sometimes that’s how the news cycle, well, cycles. Some other odds and ends:

* PPP poll tests exact text of the Blunt Amendment GOPers are backing to overturn administration’s contraception coverage mandate. It gets a thumbs-down by a 25/67 margin.

* Kevin Drum explains why wages stagnate while profits continue to go up.

* Dennis Ross, hardly a Middle Eastern dove, tells Israelis to chill since economic sanctions aganst Iran are working.

* Sunday was 70th anniversary of executive order authorizing internment of Japanese-Americans. Bill Ong Hing urges Americans not to make same mistake with terrorism “suspects.”

* Politico‘s Vogel and Phillip offer everything you’d ever want to know and more about campaign “burn rates.”

* Mike Tomasky says what GOP needs is not new candidates, but a new “base.”

Have a happy and safe Mardi Gras, everyone. I plan to wish I were in New Orleans (something I do often), but then get a good night’s sleep before Ash Wednesday.

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.