Day’s End and Night Watch

Good to get to the end of another spin-dominated, low-actual-news day, and closer not only to the first debate, but to next weekend’s pivotal Georgia-South Carolina game.

Here are some late political items:

* Ezra Klein trashes GOP hopes that Romney “zingers” during debates will make a big difference–absent new policies.

* Federal judge in Missouri–a Bush 41 appointee–rejects First Amendment challenge to contraception coverage mandate.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket offers initial preview of first presidential debate.

* At College Giude, Max Eherenfreund examines opposition to NYU’s expansion plans.

* Latest CNN/ORC poll shows Obama up 50-47 among LVs, reinforcing “tightening race” story (Obama up 52-46 in early September poll).

And in non-political news:

* “Parenthood” draws attention to question of when old folks need to stop driving.

Well, I’m old enough that I’m a bit sensitive on that issue, and for solace I offer The Band’s fine take on retirement, “Rocking Chair,” featuring Richard Manuel, performed in Toronto in 1970 .


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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.