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.

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.