As your nation’s capital enters a frenzied week of inauguration preparations, I bid you farewell for now. Thanks so much for stopping by, and special thanks to the commenters.

But before I go a few things bear mentioning, most notably Colin Powell’s appearance on Meet the Press, where he told host David Gregory that in the G.O.P., there is a “dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party.”

From Huffington Post’s recap:

“What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities,” Powell explained.

Powell specifically pointed to October 2012 comments by former Alaska Gov. and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

“When I see a former governor say that the president is ‘shuckin’ and jivin’ — that’s a racial-era slave term,” Powell said, referring to Palin’s words on Obama’s response.

A couple of more things worth your attention:

* Writing at Hullabaloo, digby is not buying the notion that the administration is playing tough by giving up the idea of taking unilateral action to raise the debt ceiling:

Sooo, either the administration is going to hold on with more steely-eyed grit than they’ve ever shown before to try to get the Republicans to blink (which considering past negotiations, one could not blame the GOP for scoffing at) or they are eager to engage in more high stakes deficit reduction “negotiations.”

Golly, I wonder what’s going to happen?

* Miss America v. Wayne LaPierre – Salon reports that Mallory Hytes Hagan, newly crowned Miss America, is not down with the idea of arming teachers.

I leave you with this brilliant, beautifully shot video of the great Sinatra, going all existential. (Ignore, momentarily, his friendliness with Nixon; you’ll be rewarded with a few minutes of entertainment bliss.)