Day’s End and Night Watch

With a consensus growing that the congressional Republican “fiscal cliff” positioning is weak and incoherent, GOPers only have twenty-one shopping days to find a new strategy.

Here’s some remainders of the day:

* At FT, Wolfgang Munchau argues Mario Monti’s resignation as Italy’s Prime Minister will and should force return to central conflicts of the European austerity crisis.

* Kurtz compares lack of genuine public or even media interest in the “fiscal cliff” to the debt limit drama of 2011.

* Yglesias notes Republicans moving money heavily into gold coins.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack deplores the “wonk gap” and wishes conservatives had a substantive TV show.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer assesses the trend towards employers requiring college degrees for skilled jobs where a bachelor’s sheepskin is actually irrelevant.

And in non-political news:

* PPP survey finds the Chipmunks’ “Christmas Don’t Be Late” far and away the “most annoying holiday song.” But “Rocking Around the Xmas Tree” was not listed as an option.

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.