Day’s End and Night Watch

Not a lot more news or views to share, as even the chattering classes seem to have taken the day off. But here are a few more items:

* Mark Blumenthal reports that Obama campaign used very large random-sample internal polls in battleground states to guide GOTV, not the traditional phone-banking. It found public polls frequently wrong.

* Nicholas Kristof discusses frayed electrical grid and other shabby public services as product of long-term failed experiment in trickle-down economics.

* At Daily Beast, James Warren reviews demise of Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s, once-bright career path.

* New ideas, indeed: Michigan Republicans propose tax credits for fetuses after 12 weeks of gestation.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein discusses idea of time limits–rather than lower cloture thresholds–for filibusters of judicial nominations.

And in non-political news:

* A Thanksgiving innovation almost certain not to catch on: Twinkie-stuffed turkey.

Tomorrow we will remain on a light blogging schedule, but check in when you can.


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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.