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.


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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.