Day’s End and Night Watch

Ugh, gotta tell you, reading an entire Mitt Romney speech and then watching a video of the sucker because I’d heard he varied from the prepared text (not on anything that mattered) is exhausting at the end of a long day. So here are a few other things that came over the transom while I was parsing Mitt’s pithy remarks:

* GOPers filibuster student loan interest bill in Senate. The Hill article refers to this development as “the Senate rejecting a motion to proceed 52-45.” The “45” were the no votes. I hate this routinization of a 60-vote requirement.

* Brian Beutler has great fun asking Republicans about Mitt Romney’s claim to take partial credit for recovery of auto industry.

* Kevin Drum catches Vets For a Strong America darkening Obama’s image in attack ad.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on growing backlash to national teacher licensure systems that judge student teachers from far, far away.

* Jonathan Cohn not as angry as yours truly about Romney’s efforts to identify with Clinton against Obama, but he’s just as incredulous.

And in political news involving non-political celebrities:

* Cast members of reality show “Sister Wives” make it clear they are a bit to the left of Mitt Romney on same-sex marriage.

Don’t expect to be staying up very long for election results tonight, but will say what needs to be said about them tomorrow morning.


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.