Day’s End and Night Watch

Should have noted earlier that it’s Yom Kippur. So if it affects you, have an easy fast.

It’s been another good day of polls and other campaign developments for left-of-center folk–or maybe I’m just hearing too much of that triumphalist MSNBC chatter in the background.

I am eternally cautious having lived through Election Night 2004, when live access to exit polling had me calling up family and friends to tell them to ignore that Red Tide on the TV screen, ’cause John Kerry had won!

Speaking of 2004….it was impossible to predict that long night what a dispiriting mess the next four years would become. And it’s just as hard to credit the fact that the Republican Party is going back to the electorate with the same agenda this year, except for all the less objectionable parts. Yes, the GOP has looked back at the Bush administration and decided it all went wrong because W. was secretly a liberal. And that’s why this is the perfect time to take a look back along with a look forward by subscribing to the Washington Monthly and getting a free copy of the new ebook, Elephant in the Room.

While you do that, here are some final news items of the day:

* CNN’s Peter Hamby takes a deeper look at why Mitt Romney is suddenly in so much trouble in Ohio.

* Our SOB: NSRC considering a very abrupt about-face to provide financial help to Todd Akin.

* Yglesias examines the three very different scenarios a Romney administration could take if the rules of mathematics aren’t repealed and his tax plan violates conflicting campaign promises.

* Since it’s become an issue in the presidential contest at all, it’s worth noting Joshua Tucker’s suggestion at Ten Miles Square that NFL players refuse to play an ever-increasing percentage of each game until the owners’ lockout of refs is ended.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer examines the slow movement of for-profit colleges towards more support for students in response to accreditations pressures.

And in non-political news:

* Bacon-eating contests suspended as global pork shortage looms.

Back tomorrow with a fresh day of political wonders.

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.