Day’s End and Night Watch

19 days to go until the Big Day. And the state of play is probably more confused than ever. Here are some final notes from today’s news and chatter:

* Charles Pierce takes down Scott Brown’s campaign strategy in a typically fiery, more-in-anger-than-in-sorrow manner. Break out the marshmallows and weenies before reading.

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis reviews the broader picture of employers pushing employees to vote for Mitt.

* Interesting profile of the “shrinking” campaign of Todd Akin by Nation‘s George Zornick, who reports Akin is one GOP candidate who hardly bothers to talk about jobs.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein looks closely at the questions asked during the Hofstra debate, and adjudges them as indeed fair and balanced.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports University of Phoenix closing about half of its branches, though online enrollment should not be directly affected.

And in non-political news:

* Animal Practice joins Made in Jersey as early casualties of new network TV season.

Back tomorrow early if not bright, or, as Pylon put it: “I’ll be clean but not neat.”

Selah.

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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.