It was an entertaining day in politics, what with everybody on every side loosening the purse strings on final ad buys and making all those “final arguments,” not to mention obsessing about polls that will very soon be as relevant as those sad, day-after posters and signs. Here’s what I got in the way of late news and views:

* In another sign of “Moderate Mitt” not making the sale with high-information “centrist” types, The Economist endorses Obama as “the devil we know.” As I often say about voting, the enthusiasm with which one pulls the lever does not add or subtract from its ultimate value.

* Politico‘s David Rogers profiles Nebraska Senate race, where Bob Kerrey’s making it interesting via batch of endorsements from former GOP senators.

* In a WaMo web exclusive, Colin Woodward looks at the heavily pro-Romney tendencies of southern white folks–and the potential impact on the popular vote for president–with a very practiced eye. I’ll have more to say about this piece tomorrow.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides marshals evidence that Mitt Romney’s lodestone is his party.

* At College Guide, Michael Kinsley critiques the critique of affirmative action being influentially offered by Stuart Taylor and Richard Sander.

And in non-political news:

* New nor’easter could threaten New England, possibly as early as Election Day.

So tomorrow morning at 8:30 EDT sharp, we’ll get the final Monthly Jobs Report of the presidential cycle. The spinning will be simply insane, despite evidence the few undecided voters left probably won’t notice or particularly care. I’ll be up and around in the West Coast darkness to watch it all and report.


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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.